ERMeCC seminar on music and heritage

Music Talks and Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture will be hosting a guest lecture by Dr. Marion Leonard (University of Liverpool) on music and heritage titled ‘Preserving the ephemeral: investigating popular music museum collections.’

Preserving the ephemeral: investigating popular music museum collections

Over the past twenty years the traditional museum sector has increasingly engaged with popular music, by developing exhibitions, events and collections. The development of these collections has posed a number of challenges: what to prioritise, how to interpret and display, and how to communicate the energy of a music scene or performance within the confines of an institution. This paper reports on findings from the first detailed review of popular music collections in UK museums. It will discuss the nature of these collections, the rationale behind collecting policies and will evaluate how popular music is being defined and preserved as cultural heritage.  

Short bio

Marion Leonard is Senior Lecturer in the School of Music and member of the Institute of Popular Music. She is author of Gender in the Music Industry (Ashgate, 2007) and co-editor of The Beat Goes On: Liverpool, Popular Music and the Changing City (Liverpool University Press, 2010) and Sites of Popular Music Heritage: Memories, Histories, Places (Routledge, 2014). She is director of the MA Popular Music Studies programme, a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College, and formerly held the post of Membership Secretary and Treasurer of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) International Executive.

Practical information

Host: Music Talks x Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture
Venue: Erasmus University Rotterdam, M2-b Oost
Date: 9 September 2015 from 15:30 – 16:30 hours

Organizers: Pauwke Berkers & Leonieke Bolderman
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