Museum of Marco Polo

Celebrating Museums And Imagination 2020

Rachel says, ‘This website is for my book, ‘The Museum Makers’, my museum blogs, and my introduction to fictional museums. Enjoy.’

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The Museum Makers

By Rachel Morris

Published by September Publishing,
27th August 2020
www.septemberpublishing.org

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‘Museum expert Rachel Morris had been ignoring the boxes under her bed for years. When she finally opened them she began a journey through her family’s dramatic past - and realised that in our desire to make sense of our pasts and our memories we are all museum-makers. This book is part memoir, part detective story, part untold history of museums.’

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The Museum Of Marco Polo

At the Museum of Marco Polo we try to look at museums sideways, picking up all the great themes of time, memory, stories, creativity and imagination. We want to celebrate all kinds of museums – real museums but also fictional ones; museums as theatre, agit prop and rebellion; big museums with spectacular artefacts but also tiny museums drenched in memories and stories; museums made by their communities but also by wayward individuals; museums seen through the eyes of artists, writers, poets and film makers. We want you to wonder why it is that museums, which are such solidly three dimensional things, are as much about ideas as they are about artefacts.

But museums are going through hard times. Ten years of austerity have weakened them considerably, and now the coronavirus has hit them hard. All the things we took for granted – touch screens and audio guides and object handling and queues for loos and big shows – are off the menu; and this at a time when we need museums more than ever, to help sew up the rupture that the pandemic has caused.

If museums are about making meaningful patterns out of the chaos of the universe, then we are all museum makers in the way that we all try to make sense of our memories and our pasts. In which case, however hard the times are, the impulse to make museums – somehow, anyhow, at any scale – will never end.