“Museums in Libraries, Libraries in Museums”: Talk by Beth McKillop, former Deputy Director V&A

Beth McKillop, Deputy Director, V&A Museum; 8th August 2014.

Beth McKillop, former Deputy Director, V&A Museum

Date: Friday 2nd December 2016

Time: 17:30 – 18:30

Venue: Thomas Davis Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

All welcome and admission is free, but places are limited and by ticket only.  

Register here to confirm your attendance.

On Friday 2nd December the Library of Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin will host the public lecture, ‘Museums in Libraries, Libraries in Museums‘ by Beth McKillop, Deputy Director of the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum from 2010 to 2016.

Her lecture will reflect on museums and libraries in the 21st century, from her unique perspective of 11 years at the V&A leading collections, curatorial and research programmes and 20 years in the British Library’s Asian Department. Her talk will have an international perspective, and will look at changing patterns of provision and engagement in museums and libraries around the world, with a focus on recent initiatives at the V&A.

Beth moved from the British Library to the V&A in 2004, becoming the V&A’s Deputy Director in 2010. In the information management sphere, she championed a digital infrastructure project, the award-winning Collections Management System, which launched in April 2010 and concluded in October 2014. Most recently she has worked with Professor Bill Sherman to develop a V&A initiative to transform museum-based research by establishing VARI, the V&A Research Institute.

The V&A is home to the National Art Library and the Archive of Art and Design. Beth will explore how these rich curatorial and information sources are incorporated across the physical and virtual museum. She will discuss plans to open V&A East, a new museum for East London, and will outline new thinking about museum and library collections as a kind of encyclopaedia of the material and digital world.

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