Reshaping the Collection

 October 13 - 14, 2006

A group of art historians, museum directors, curators, and consultants to museums and galleries gathered to talk about how museums might face the changing world in which they now collect. Who shapes museums' collecting policies? How should they reflect new priorities and global realities? This colloquium was convened by Adrian Ellis, a consultant who has worked with many museums and cultural institutions, and Helen Rees, director of the museum studies program at the University of Manchester, England.

Participants included: Michael Conforti (director, the Clark), Bruno S. Frey (Institute for Empirical Research in Economics, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland), James B. Gardner (National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution), Mark Jones (director, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK), Nicholas Merriman (director, Manchester Museum, Manchester University, Manchester, UK), Ruth B. Phillips, (Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art, and Culture, Carleton University, Ottowa, Ontario, Canada), Helen Rees Leahy (director, Centre for Museology, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK), and Jette Sandahl (director, Museum of World Culture, Gothenburg, Sweden).