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Creating Successful Interiors: Interpretation, Audiences and Authenticity

Jane Austen’s House Museum in partnership with The Charleston Trust

From: Monday 04.03.19
at 10:00am
To: Monday 04.03.19
at 5:00pm

Charleston Trust

West Firle



£30 adults

£20 students

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A one-day, interdisciplinary conference exploring how historic house museums present and interpret interior spaces for contemporary museum visitors, and what they might learn from other industries.

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Join us for an exciting day of talks and discussion, presented by two of the South East’s great house museums: Jane Austen’s House Museum and Charleston.

Historic house museums, entrusted with the responsibility of preserving the former homes of artists, writers and musicians, face a particular set of challenges. They are expected to present the stories of the people that lived there, providing a connection with their world, possessions and personality; whilst also providing a high quality, enjoyable visitor experience for a wide range of visitors. The presentation of their interior spaces plays a critical role in achieving this successfully.

Charleston, the only surviving example of a whole Bloomsbury painted interior, provides the perfect backdrop to this special partnership conference exploring how different organisations choose to approach interiors, dress their rooms, and create a sense of atmosphere in these special spaces. The day will explore the creative opportunities and challenges faced by small museums when undertaking the reinterpretation of spaces and interior dressing projects and examine some of the ways in which these can be tackled by learning from those working within the museum sector and in the wider creative industries.

Full programme to be confirmed in due course. Please note the programme may be subject to change.

This conference is suitable for museum and creative professionals, students and also the general public interested in finding out more about what happens behind the scenes in museums.

Lunch and a 30 minute Charleston house tour are included in the ticket price.

We will also be providing a free shuttlebus service from Lewes train station to Charleston for delegates who wish to travel by train.