‘Resolving the museum/computer disconnect’

Last Tuesday, we were delighted to welcome Dr. Ross Parry from the University of Leicester who run a session on ‘Resolving the museum/computer disconnect’. Ross drew on the main ideas of his forthcoming book (Recoding the Museum) that discusses the tensions between museums and digital media. Ross referred to a ‘historical incompatability’ between the concept of museums and computers and argued that new practices point to the emergence of a museum-computer compatability.

Ross’s session came as a conclusion to this year’s Digital Heritage course and gave us the opportunity to reflect on many of our previous discussions. Malcolm Chapman (Head of Collections Management, Manchester Museum), Julian Tomlin and Pauline Webb (Collections Manager, Museum of Science and Industry) joined us for this session and contributed to a very interesting discussion regarding the past, present and future of museum computing.