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Where does it all meet? Thoughts on Tech, Museums and MuseumNext 2018

  If there was ever a statement to sum up recent conversations within the two worlds of tech and museums, it could be this: Nothing is neutral.   I attended MuseumNext 2018 as a dual representative – both of Museum Detox but also of the Natural History Museum where I work in the Digital Media…
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Revere or Remove? Reflections on Making Change

The early evening of May 14, 2018 saw a contingent of twenty Museum Detoxers sitting en masse on the straight-backed pews of the Emmanuel Centre, a few doors down from the beating heart of UK politics in Westminster.

London, Sugar and Slavery: Reflections on #LSS10

We began our tour of the Museum of London’s ‘London, Sugar and Slavery’ gallery on a hot May morning. We had arrived at the Dockland’s site for a day of talks, performances and reflections on the gallery, a decade on from its opening.

Gold Statues And Questionable Gynecologists – Memory In Public Space

The year is 1845 in America’s deep south. Gynecology is still a new field and there is little practical knowledge of the female anatomy.

Yinka Shonibare MBE in conversation with Professor Paul Gilroy

Wind Sculpture (SG) I stands 23 feet tall at the southeast entrance to New York’s Central Park. Created from fiberglass and painted in rich gold, turquoise and terracotta patterns reminiscent of Dutch wax batik prints, Yinka Shonibare MBE’s monumental sculpture captures the gentle undulating motion of wind. Conjuring up images of fluttering sails gliding over…
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Museum Detox joins the party at the British Museum

I was told that my first Detox was an unconventional one. The usual format is an after hours or behind the scenes tour of an exhibition that is organised specially for the group, followed by drinks and conversation. This time however, Detoxers were meeting at the British Museum to attend a talk by Wayne Modest,…
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