Helen Charmann

Theme: Curating Public Knowledge

Thinking in Public: The Growing Role of Public/Interpretation Programmes at the Design Museum London

Increasingly, museums are looked to as platforms for thought leadership and public debate, be it through the discursive agency of exhibition interpretation or new public programme formats that are as much about a socially engaged experience as they are about content. The Pecha Kucha will explore the discursive role of public programming as part of the Design Museum’s development in 2016. It will consider how the museum’s key values of being Welcoming, Collaborative, Enterprising and Provocative might be reflected in this development. Design is a continually evolving subject.To what extent can interpretation and public programmes do likewise? 

Helen Charmann is Director of Learning and Research at the Design Museum, London, since 2007. Her previous roles include Head of Learning and Access (Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney) and Senior Curator: Education (Tate Modern). She is a trustee of Engage and sits on the Education Advisory Board of the Creative Education Trust. She holds a Doctorate in Museum Education (University of London) and currently teaches at the Institute of Education’s MA Museum and Gallery Education.