Andrea Potts

Andrea Potts

Research Student, What role do museum exhibitions play in mediating how people engage with the colonial past?

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Research interests

I am interested in how museum exhibitions represent histories of European colonialism and how these histories are engaged with by audiences. Through researching these processes in museums in Britain, the Netherlands, and Denmark, I assess what role contemporary museum exhibitions in Europe play in mediating how people engage with the colonial past. 
 
Many European museums are currently experimenting with exhibiting colonialism, yet are guided by an ill-defined discourse of decolonisation. My research contributes to an understanding of what decolonising in the museum means in practice by focusing on the impact of exhibitionary practices on audiences, which has been neglected in museum studies and practice. 
 
 

Education/Academic qualification

Master, University College London

Award Date: 31 Oct 2019

Bachelor, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 30 Jun 2013

External positions

Exhibition Curator. The Museum of Richmond

20182019

Senior Policy Advisor, Museums. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

20172018

Cultural Content Manager, First World War Centenary Commemorations. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

20142017

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