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International Museum Day Annual Lecture

Since 2017, FRAMS has celebrated International Museum Day with an annual lecture designed to profile the international nature of the Royal Alberta Museum, connecting it with global themes and events. 

International Museum Day 2020

International Museum Day 2020

Sometimes we know we are experiencing “history in the making.” But when it comes to museums, how do they prepare to explain these moments to future generations? Do we save this artifact or that one?

On May 21, 2020, FRAMS hosted Picking Up the Pieces: How Museums Collect in a Crisis with guest speakers Jan Ramirez, founding chief curator and head executive vice president of collections of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York, and Dr. Karine Duhamel, curator specializing in Indigenous rights at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, to explore how museums preserve, reflect and challenge our understanding of life-changing events. Thank you to moderator Julia Petrov, acting head of history at the Royal Alberta Museum.

If you missed out? View the virtual talk here.

Previous International Museum Day Lectures

2019 – Discovering Our Country: The Historic Canada C3 Expedition

On May 16, 2019, FRAMS hosted their 3rd Annual International Museum Day Lecture at the Royal Alberta Museum with keynote speakers Geoff Green and Dr. Mark Edwards, who told stories of their journey on the Canada C3 expedition. The evening included the Alberta premiere of the documentary capturing the C3 Expedition.

2018 – Connections through Collections: The Future of Museums

On May 17, 2018, Dr. Dean Oliver, Director of Research at the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa, addressed the creation of compelling, respectful narratives in a museum setting, and how museums can create and maintain focus on their audience. What place to artefacts play in the role of telling stories?

#IMD2018 – Connections Through Collections: The Future of Museums

2017 – The Lowdown on Moving Downtown: Keys to Unlocking the Royal Alberta Museum

On May 18, 2017, FRAMS hosted its 1st Annual International Museum Day Lecture profiling the soon-to-open Royal Alberta Museum with a panel discussion of the impact of the museum downtown. The panel featured:

  • Donna Clare, Architect, Dialog
  • Chris Robinson, Executive Director, Royal Alberta Museum
  • Kalen Anderson, Director of Planning Coordination, City of Edmonton
  • Ian O’Donnell, Executive Director, Edmonton Downtown Business Association
Moderator and Panellists of The Lowdown on Moving Downtown: Keys to Unlocking the RAM

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