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11 October 2023 - 11 October 2023

4:00PM - 6:00PM

Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) 123 or online via Zoom

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Welcome to the annual CNCS start of terms event. This year we are celebrating 10 years of the centre.

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This hybrid event will bring together past and present members of the CNCS and CNCSI family to celebrate 10 years since the centre began.

We will welcome Julie Reynolds (National Curator (Research)) from the National Trust who will be talking to members about the National Trust research framework, priority themes, current partnerships, and how members can explore working with the National Trust to deliver a research project.

Julie Reynolds I graduated from University College London with a degree in archaeology having developed a particular interest in Roman archaeology and material culture .  After working on various archaeological excavations, mainly as a finds supervisor, I spent ten years as the curator of the National Museum of Wales with responsibility for the internationally significant collection at the Roman Legionary Museum, Caerleon.  I  published a number of academic articles during this role with specific research interests in Roman artefactual studies, Roman burial practice and Roman epigraphy.  Following this role, I became a Museums Development consultant in the South West for ten years for Arts Council England, and worked closely on Museum Accreditation.

Six years ago I joined the National Trust as a Cultural Heritage Curator, with responsibility for a wide range of sites and properties in the SW from Neolithic Long Barrows to Arts and Crafts Gardens.  I am now on secondment as the National Curator for Research the National Trust, with a focus on Curation and Experience.

The response will be provided by Dr Shannon Perich from the Smithsonian Institution:

Shannon Thomas Perich is Curator of the Photographic History Collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History where she has worked for 27 years. Her exhibition (re)Framing Conversations: Photographs by Richard Avedon 1946-1965 is currently on view at the museum.. The culmination of four years of planning will come to fruition at the end of the month with the international symposium in Washington, DC, Photomechanical Prints: History, Technology, Aesthetics, and Use. Her publications include When the Circus Came to Town: An American Tradition in Photographs (Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2020), Chapter 12 “New or Improved? American Photography and Patents, ca. 1840s and 1860s, (OpenBook Publishers), The Changing Face of Photography: Daguerreotype to Digital (Smithsonian, 2011) and Portrait of a Family: Richard Avedon’s photographs of the Kennedys (Harper Collins, 2007).  Perich has curated and co-curated a number of exhibitions including the Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibition Service’s Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill: Photographs by Jerry Dantzic. Her exhibition Laughing Matters explored women and comedy. She co-curated Country: Portrait of a Sound at the Annenberg Center for Photography in Los Angeles with curators from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Perich teaches history of photography at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore. Her blogs can be found on the NMAH and National Public Radio (NPR) websites. Her interest in digital humanities is represented through her work to develop a reusable and sustainable a story-gathering and archiving website for NMAH related to Covid-19 experiences and the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11, as well as a project with the University of Richmond to visual data embodied in real photo postcards.  Her research and collecting interests are broad  and build upon the history of the medium and intersections with national narratives to explore how we can better see and understand history to aim for a more human future.  For CNCS, she serves on the advisory board and the GLAM committee.

Followed by questions from Professor Simon James (English Studies, Durham), Dr Nicholas McGee (History, Durham) and Deborah Siddoway (PGR English Studies)


16:00- 16:30  Welcome and Introductions

16:30 -17:15  Presentation, responses and questions

17:5-17:45 Questions from the audience

17:45 Close and drinks reception

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