Museum Exhibitions

January 27, 2021
By Victoria Avery & Melissa Calaresu



 In this conversation, the SRS’s John Gallagher talks to Dr Victoria Avery (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge) and Dr Melissa Calaresu (University of Cambridge) about collaborations between museums and university academics, and the business of creating and launching a major collaborative exhibition. Today’s guests have an impressive track record of collaboration, having worked together on two major exhibitions at Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum:Treasured Possessions from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment and Feast and Fast: The Art of Food in Europe, 1500-1800. They reflect on their collaboration, the process of creating an exhibition from concept to opening, how to make scholarly ideas accessible and engaging to a broader public, practical concerns in mounting a major exhibition, the events and publications emerging from an exhibition, and the relationship between research and public engagement.