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Historic interiors, known as ‘period rooms’, have been collected and displayed by museums since the late 19th century. Evocative, atmospheric spaces, they nevertheless pose constant challenges of authenticity, conservation and ethics to museums and visitors alike.
Join Joanna Norman of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V & A) as she explores the stories of period rooms and their challenges through the V & A’s 18th-century interiors, shown in the British Galleries and in the Europe 1600-1815 galleries, which opened in 2015.
Joanna Norman is Deputy Head of Research at the V&A, and Lead Curator for V&A Dundee, due to open in 2018. Having begun her museum career in the department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum, she joined the V&A in 2005 as the Assistant Curator for the V&A’s 2009 ‘Baroque’ exhibition. Subsequently, she co-curated the 2010 exhibition ‘Treasures from Budapest’ at the Royal Academy of Arts and researched and managed ‘Handmade in Britain’, a television series made by BBC4 in collaboration with the V&A. From 2012-15, she was project curator for the V&A’s Europe 1600-1815 galleries, the redisplay of the Museum’s permanent collections of 17th- and 18th-century European art and design, which opened in December 2015. Her own research interests focus particularly on performance history, Italian and French furniture and period rooms.
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