Kathmandu, July 6, 2017: An open dialogue is to be organized in the capital to discuss the State of Museums in Nepal. The program on Friday, July 7 will see Pashupati Neupane, Lecturer at Tribhuvan University in a discourse with Suresh Man Lakhe, acting head of Patan Museum.
For the past few months, a discourse is ongoing on the prospect of establishing an earthquake museum in Nepal. As general public and concerned authorities continues to meet in public to discuss and debate the idea, the vision of People’s Museum of Earthquake (PME) is gradually taking shape as a commemoration of history and memory linked to earthquakes and other disasters that produce similar fates and afterlives. The idea of the earthquake museum is to build first a discursive space that become the basis for keeping our conversation about culture, architecture, lifestyle, public institutions, resilience, vulnerability, heritage, accountability, justice and governance alive, and conducting research in these areas, with earthquakes as an entry point and a composite.
The eventual goal of the earthquake museum is to harness what is produced through research and conversation for building a museum that accountably recreates, visually retells, and institutionally archives, critical knowledge — in the form of artifacts, aesthetics, aspirations, and anecdotes — about earthquakes and disasters for generations to come.
The program on Friday will also include a short background presentation from Earthquake Museum Coordination Team members on why and how they have decided to establish the People’s Museum of Earthquake and how they would like to move forward.
After the presentation, the floor will be open for questions and comments. The event has been organized with the technical support from Patan Museum.
Date: Friday 07 July 2017,
Venue: Patan Museum Hall
Speakers: Museologists Pashupati Neupane and Suresh Man Lakhe