Elaine Heumann Gurian on the marae at Te Papa

Are our ideas about museums changing? - Elaine Heumann Gurian 

Is the concept of the museum changing? How should museum leaders and staff respond to the changes?

Wednesday 21 April, 2–4.30pm, Te Marae, Level 4 at Te Papa

About the presentation

Noted international museum consultant Elaine Heumann Gurian will discuss the ways in which the roles and responsibilities of museums are changing. She says this is true even in the few years since the publication in 2006 of her book Civilizing the Museum. Known as a lively and thought-provoking speaker, Elaine is presenting this seminar at Te Papa for museum professionals, and anyone interested in art, culture, and heritage. She will share her thoughts since writing Civilizing the Museum: The Collected Writings of Elaine Heumann Gurian, and comment on what she sees as the implications for museum leadership and museum practice.

The seminar will include a lengthy question and answer session, allowing for a wide-ranging discussion of local issues.

About the presenter

Elaine Heumann Gurian is a consultant/advisor to a number of museums and visitor centres that are beginning, building, or reinventing themselves. Her current clients include the Museum of the City of London, UK; the Museum of Resistance, Dominican Republic; the Capital Visitor Center, Washington DC; and the National Children’s Museum, Washington DC.

Listen to the presentation

Audio from Elaine's presentation (MP3, 69.4MB)