On Thursday 9 May at 6.30pm John Mackenzie, pioneer of the study of popular and cultural imperialism, will discuss the worldwide spread of museums in the nineteenth century at Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM).
The nineteenth century was truly the great ‘Age of the Museum’. Municipal museums in Britain sprang up after the 1845 Museums Act, including RAMM which opened in 1868. But even before this, they were being founded throughout the colonies of the British Empire. John will discuss why this was the case, what form some of these extraordinary museums took, what they tell us about the global spread of European culture, and the role this played in the development of national identities.
John Mackenzie holds honorary professorships of the Universities of Aberdeen, St. Andrews and Stirling, and is an honorary fellow of the University of Edinburgh and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Tickets, £4.50 (£3), are available in person or by phone using a credit or debit card on 01392 265858 during museum opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.
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