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Collecting the present

1 October 2020

Abstract

Contemporary collecting has been a hot topic for many museums for several years now. Curators have adopted several different approaches to ensuring their institutions are responsive and capturing the important issues of the time so that present and future visitors are better able to understand and learn from the experience of society now. From ‘rapid response’ collecting of topical objects and annual sampling of printed ephemera to new methods of engagement with communities in acquiring or commissioning material and strategic focus on under-represented cultures and new media, there are many ways of ensuring museums are both relevant and future-proofed.

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