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Friday, November 13 • 8:30am - 9:30am
How Science and Technology Museums Offer New Perspectives on Displaying Motoring History

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Following the success of the Automobile in American Life exhibition at The Henry Ford, from the early 2000s both the Smithsonian and the Deutsches Museum set up mobility exhibitions, highlighting the connection between the automobile and the society.  Today mobility exhibitions are increasingly popular. These displays focus less on the provenance of the car, but offer a very nuanced view on how motoring has changed our environment, our society and our everyday life.   As this new contextualisation approach drew criticism from motoring historians, in my presentation I will look at the most important mobility exhbitions in Germany and Austria through the prism of a museum professional and through the prism of a motoring historian. Will these exhibitions dominate the 21st century? Another section of my presentation will look at the role collaboration is playing at developing these new exhibitions, by charting the story of the Artefacts Consortium. Artefacts is a discussion platform and forum where historians from museums and universities can discuss issues related to science and technology exhibition, which was set up by the Science Museum in London together with the Smithsonian Institute and the Deutsches Museum in the 1990s. What are the main topics discussed within Artefacts? What are the main exhibitions stemming from this platform?

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Dr. Pal Negyesi

Dr. Pal Negyesi is an award-winning author, automobile industry analyst, historian and lecturer from Hungary. His thesis, How The Motor Museum Saw The Automobile: Curating The Automobile As Commodity, As Design And As Social History In Germany And Austria In The 20th Century, was... Read More →


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