Virtual Lecture: Museums without Borders

In this year's Michael Volkerling Memorial Lecture, Robert Janes examines the evolving role of the contemporary museum and looks at the challenges of climate change and disruption.

  • When Tue 20 Sep 2016, 6:00–7:30pm
  • Where
    Soundings Theatre, Level 2
  • Cost Free event
Bob Janes

Dr Robert Janes examines the evolving role of the contemporary museum. He looks at the challenges presented by climate change and disruption, and argues that the global museum community must examine how it can meet the needs of the planet and its inhabitants.

Dr Janes walks the talk when it comes to climate change. Mindful of the environmental impact of air travel, he will deliver his lecture virtually from his home base in Canada.

During his lecture, Dr Janes will offer practical suggestions on what museums and other public institutions can do to address this challenge, not least by using digital technology instead of conferences and jet travel.

The lecture will conclude with panel discussion, drawing on Dr Janes’ insights.

About Dr Robert Janes

Dr Janes is an independent scholar-practitioner, the Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of the journal Museum Management and Curatorship, and past President and CEO of the Glenbow Museum, Art Gallery, Library and Archives in Calgary, Canada.

He has published widely on museum management and organisational change, the social responsibilities of museums, and the repatriation of indigenous material culture.

His latest book Museums without Borders is on sale at the lecture.

About the annual Michael Volkerling Memorial Lecture

This free public lecture recognises the legacy of the late Dr Michael Volkerling, who made a huge contribution to the arts, culture, and heritage in New Zealand.

Dr Volkerling was founding director of the Museum and Heritage Studies programme at Victoria University, former executive director of the Museum of New Zealand, and director of the Arts Council (now Creative New Zealand).

The lecture is delivered by Victoria University of Wellington Museum and Heritage Studies, in partnership with Te Papa’s museum sector support team, National Services Te Paerangi.