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Special Displays: From The University of Leeds MA Museum Studies Students 2015

Published 21 October 2015

HMS Pelargonium (detail), 1919, Watercolour Painting, Liddle Collection, University of Leeds Special Collections

In October every year the Education Room becomes home for two special displays when two groups of MA students from Art Gallery Museum Studies take over and create brand new interpretations.

The two groups of student curators, from the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage, have worked with the University of Leeds' Designated Liddle Collection to create unique displays in the Education Room of the Gallery.

The first display, The Art of Warfare: Global Interaction, illustrates the power of war to break down the artificial boundaries we create between nations and people. Using the University of Leeds' Liddle Collection the artistic and creative  works gathered from the far reaches of the First World War will be displayed.  

The First World War saw more than thirty nations drawn into the conflict. Many of the men and women from these nations chose to communicate their experiences through art. The harrowing nature of war was expressed through a variety of media. Among these collected works, however, there are also those which  express a sense of wonder at their surroundings.  The war took a great deal from a great many, but also afforded ordinary men and women the opportunity to explore a world beyond the limits of their nations' borders.

Find out more about the display on Twitter.

The second group with their display, I'm On My Way: Communication, Movement and the First World War, highlight the themes of communication and movement, through objects which were made and owned by people from across the world. The artefacts, from the University of Leeds' Liddle Collection, illustrate the different experiences of individuals during the world's first modern and worldwide war. The global diversity of the objects on display acts as a reminder of why this war became known as the First World War . 

Find out more about the display on Twitter and Facebook.

The third group of MA student have been working on a project to bring a family focus tot he University's Public Art Trail. To find out more about the project go to the Student's Family Art Trail page. 


Associated events

Special Displays: From The University of Leeds MA Museum Studies Students 2015 - Focus Group
Museum & Art Gallery Studies Focus Group
Monday 30 November 2015 15:00 - 16:30
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
Special Displays: From The University of Leeds MA Museum Studies Students 2015 - Focus Group
Museum & Art Gallery Studies Focus Group
Wednesday 2 December 2015 10:00 - 11:30
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery