CDP students call for Talks and posters – ‘The role and perceptions of reproductions in the museum’

Lasting impressions: The role and perceptions of reproductions in the museum

Call for Talks and Posters

Student led Study Day

29th June, 2018

Laing Gallery and Hatton Gallery

Newcastle upon Tyne

Reproductions – whether as drawings, casts, scale models and photographs – have been used to document and generate research on collections since the birth of the museum. Should these be considered as mere records, as indexical copies important for understanding ‘original’ artefacts, or as objects worthy of study in themselves? What are the differences between fakes, copies and reproductions? What are the social, economic and political issues surrounding the collection, use and disposal of reproductions in the museum?

The focus of the day will be shared between historical and modern reconstructions in museums. The day will include talks by invited curators and museums experts and PGR and early career researchers, practical workshops and guided tours of the Galleries.


We encourage PhD students and early career researchers to contribute in particular, but all contributions are very welcome.

We invite proposals for papers of approximately 15 minutes on themes including, but not limited to, the following:

      • Historical reproductions: materials, role and perception
      • Modern reproduction: reading, reproducing and telling
      • The ‘aura’ and the materiality: the hierarchy of real objects and reproductions and how it changed along  the centuries
      • Reconstructions and their use on the research

Subject to funding there will be a small number of bursaries to assist with travel for CDP PhD students.



Please submit abstracts

(300 words) by May 31st 2018

to Valentina Risdonne


specifying if you would like

to present a POSTER,


The event is being funded by the AHRC Student Led Activity Fund and is organised be the following students:

Valentina Risdonne (Victoria and Albert Museum/Northumbria University), Katherine Clough (Victoria and Albert Museum/Newcastle University), Carolyn Alexander (Historic Environment Scotland/The Glasgow School of Art) and Abbey Ellis (University of Leicester/ Ashmolean Museum, Oxford)

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