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FREE – Discussion: Collecting popular music beyond the museum


Here’s an interesting event for all you music fans…

Merseyside Maritime Museum
Saturday 16 April 1.30 – 4pm, Free drop-in event, no need to book

Why do individuals and museums collect popular music objects?

Nearly everybody collects music, but we think less often about the physical remnants of popular music heritage. How does a gig flyer or ticket relate to the music? How do we treat these objects, both personally and through our museums? In the lead-up to the opening of the new Museum of Liverpool you are invited to participate in a discovery day on the theme of popular music collecting. Join staff from National Museums Liverpool and the Institute of Popular Music at the University of Liverpool to:

– Hear from curators and researchers on why we collect pop music
– See pop music objects from the collections close-up
– Share your views on popular music histories and heritage
– Participate in a documentary film about pop music objects from the past

1.30pm: ‘Pop behind glass’ Curator Paul Gallagher will present National Museums Liverpool’s plans for popular music at the Museum of Liverpool, and discuss the way museums have treated popular music objects with Marion Leonard and Robert Knifton from the Institute of Popular Music at University of Liverpool.

2.15pm: Musical interlude

3pm: ‘Sound obsessions’ Three people with different relationships to popular music objects will discuss their own collecting, histories and memories associated with them – BBC Radio Merseyside’s Claire Hamilton, legendary graphic designer and record collector Steve Hardstaff and Liz West, visual artist and the UK’s premier Spice Girls collector.

A documentary film will be made during the day, and feedback areas, alongside examples of popular music objects will be present. This is your chance to think about what popular music objects mean to you, and to tell us what you think of them – both within and beyond the museum.

This event is part of the AHRC Beyond Text research project Collecting and Curating Popular Music Histories.

Date: Saturday 16 April 2011
Time: 1.30-4pm
Venue: Merseyside Maritime Museum
Room: Lecture theatre, 4th floor
Suitable for: adults, all visitors, adults, all visitors
Booking: Free drop-in event, no need to book