Curator's Talks

Interview with a Horseracing Historian

In the two short videos on this page, the topic of Empire in museums is explored further. 

Included are some amazing insights into how our Objects of Empire exhibition was put together, a sneak peek of some of the items which didn't make it into the display, and discussion on how other national and local museums across the country tackle this topic - scroll down to take a look!

Below, you will find:

  • Curator's Talk: Museums & Empire with Dr Alison Smith of the National Portrait Gallery
  • Objects of Empire: A talk at the Molesey Local History Society




Curator's Talk: Museums & Empire with Dr Alison Smith

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Elmbridge Museum's Exhibitions & Interpretation Officer chats to Dr Alison Smith, Chief Curator at the National Portrait Gallery. Alison was formerly a curator at Tate Britain, and responsible for leading their hugely successful 'Artist and Empire' exhibition in 2015, which explored responses to the British Empire within British art.

This video includes discussion of the amazing objects used, the challenges that arose throughout the process, and thoughts on how museums can continue to explore hidden links to Empire in their collections in the future.


OBJECTS OF EMPIRE: A TALK AT THE MOLESEY LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY

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In her talk to the Molesey Local History Society, Elmbridge Museum’s Exhibitions & Interpretation Officer takes a closer look at some of the 20 objects on display, as well as revealing some hidden treasures which didn’t make it into the exhibition. The talk also includes discussion on why the British Empire is so often forgotten in local history, and uncovers some of the links to this history in Elmbridge's landscape which are hidden in plain sight.



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