Our Professor at Bible Museum panel

A month before it opens to the public, the Museum of the Bible in the US hosted a scholarly panel discussion featuring an academic from our School of Arts.

The panel outlined the rigorous process used to create content displayed throughout the museum and answered questions about the museum's collection practices, some of which have been challenged.

The panel of diverse, independent scholars – including Professor Gordon Campbell (pictured) from Leicester - who were involved in the development or review of museum content, and museum leaders addressed compelling questions.

"The history that we're presenting has a real academic rigor behind it," said Gordon Campbell, D.Phil., D.Litt, who serves at our University as fellow in renaissance studies, and contributed to the museum's History and Impact floors. "I am confident that it's going to be a success and that it will be judged a success once people have seen the exhibits." 

Campbell added that the focus now is on the physical museum and artefacts while further efforts toward transparency — such as making provenance information available online — are in the works.

The 430,000-square-foot museum is located three blocks from the U.S. Capitol and will be dedicated on Nov. 17.