Museum Curation in Practice

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A workshop by the Public History Working Group Co-organised by the Visual and Material Working Group.

With special thanks for organisation by Dario Willi and Louisa Niesen.

Friday, 27 October 2023 | 09:00–18:00 | EUI, Villa Salviati, Sala del Consiglio & Online (Zoom)

Saturday, 28 October 2023 | 09:15–16:00 | Museo Galileo, Piazza dei Giudici, Firenze

Over the course of two days, this workshop shines light on different aspects of museum work. It is a collaboration with the Museo Galileo in Florence and is co-hosted by the EUI Public History Working Group and the EUI Visual and Material History Working Group.

The two-day event is aimed at people interested in questions of museology in general, and at historians who would like to work in the field of museums and exhibitions at some point. The programme includes a variety of presentations, panel discussions, and practical work which will provide participants with a broad introduction to curation and give the opportunity to reflect on pertinent questions in the field.


On the first day (27 October 2023), the focus will be on the three main types of work carried out in museums: research, exhibiting, and communication. The speakers will talk about their work and experiences while reflecting on topics such as digitalisation, sensitive collections, the place of objects in an exhibition, accessibility, and forms of engaging with the public.

On the second day (28 October 2023), participants have the chance to get an insight into the work of the curators at Museo Galileo in Florence. This more hands-on part serves to connect the themes discussed on the first day with the everyday practice of museum work. The parts at Museo Galileo will be held in two groups (Italian and English) and places are limited to 30.

Museum Curation Workshop Programme