Museum Studies Research Seminar: Alexander Massouras: Lessons from Casts 

Wednesday 7 November, Collections Room, School of Museum Studies, 1.00pm - 2.00pm, all welcome.

This talk and photo-essay addresses the cast as a pedagogic form, inspired by the roles plaster casts once played in art education. Once an apparatus for disseminating a classical formal vocabulary, in the 20th century, plaster came to teach artists very different lessons. 

Alexander Massouras is an artist and critic who has held fellowships at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford and the Paul Mellon Centre, and was a member of the Tate Research Project Art School Educated. His work is in collections including the British Museum, V&A, Ashmolean Museum, New York Public Library, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, and DESTE Foundation.

Chiara Marabelli is a second-year doctoral student at the School of Museum Studies. Focusing on cast collections, her research explores the concept of authenticity in art and museums and aims to foster sensory engagement in the museum context.

Being Human: A festival of Humanities - The Fabric of Memory

Thursday 22 November, Attenborough Arts Centre, 3.00pm-8.00pm

Bring along fabrics that remind you of someone or an event and enter into conversations with performers about how we remember as textiles are carefully ironed and folded. This participatory performance looks at the memories sparked by our clothes. 

The event is a free drop-in performance on 22 November from 3.00pm-8.00pm at the Attenborough Arts Centre, where you are invited to bring along clothes, textiles and other fabrics. There will also be academic talks with researchers from the University of Leicester, artists and a textile conservator, exploring our relationships to textiles and memory. 

These talks are free and booking is recommended

The academic talks are led by artist Nir Segal and Dr Nuala Morse, School of Museum Studies


  • Professor Sandra Dudley, School of Museum Studies – talking about her research with refugee women and their relationships with clothing, identity and experiences of displacement.  
  • Alison Lister – Conservator, experienced at treatment of all types of textiles. 
  • Dr Hannah Turner, School of Museum Studies– talking about her collaborative work around digital scanning of traditional weaving.  


  • Anna Sikorska – Artist, talking about her use of textile in art exploring people, place and paradox. 
  • Aya Haidar – Multimedia artist, talking her use of embroidery in art exploring loss, migration and memory.  
  • Dr Malika Kraamer, Curator and Scholar, talking about her work with weavers of Ghanaian kente cloth, exploring memory and identity.

The event was selected to be part of Being Human by the festival organisers, the School of Advanced Study, University of London, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and the British Academy (BA).