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Lectures in 2020

All over the world can be found memorialisation, which often is controversial, and which can be equated with propaganda, designed to commemorate people and/or events which may be viewed very differently by modern audiences from those responsible for the original decision-making. In this address, I shall consider international examples - including the Argentinian Eva Peron and Chinese Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek - of such messaging, which surrounds, influences and manipulates all of us.

Ph.D. David Fleming. Director of National Museums Liverpool (2001-18) and of Tyne & Wear Museums (1991-2001), David Fleming has a Bachelor's degree in History (University of Leeds), a Master's degree in English Local History (University of Leicester) and a Ph.D. (early modern urban history, University of Leicester). He has twice been President of the UK Museums Association. He is a member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) Ethics Committee and of its Museum Definitions Committee. For several years he was Chair of INTERCOM, ICOM's international committee for management and leadership, and of ICOM's Finance and Resources Committee. He has published extensively in the field of museum management, and currently is writing books on managing the modern museum and on public memorialisation. His main expertise lies in international museum studies, which include slavery, ethics, human rights, and social history.

Today he holds a chair in public history at Liverpool Hope University, he is an adviser to the International Museum of Democracy in Rosario, Argentina and President of the Federation of International Human Rights Museums. (Maja Kocijan)

Memorialisation or propaganda? (21 January 2020)

Lecturer: David Fleming, Professor of Public History at Liverpool Hope University