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06 Jan 2014

History Rising: Wisbech & Fenland Museum and Norwich Castle Museum

Photo: Thierry Bal

History Rising
Wisbech & Fenland Museum and Norwich Castle Museum


History Rising is a study of museum display across East Anglia by Marjolijn Dijkman, curated and produced by independent curator Jes Fernie. The programme was launched in Norwich on 06 Sept and runs until 02 Feb 2014.

Jes Fernie
00 44 7960 687912

Norwich & Wisbech
East Anglia

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History Rising is a subversive and engaging study of museum display in East Anglia. Viewers and participants are invited to reconsider their view of history by looking at the mechanisms museums put in place to create a sense of order and hierarchy within their collections.

By distancing museum objects from their support structures History Rising forms a critique of the assumptions that are made about how things are positioned, who chooses to display them, and how the social, political and aesthetic choices that are made in the process dictate the language of display.

New work by Marjolijn Dijkman is installed in two public museums (Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery and Wisbech & Fenland Museum) and an artist run space (OUTPOST). Dijkman's sculptures propose strange and fantastical juxtapositions, alleviate objects from the weight of history and create links with modernism, the heritage industry and the aesthetics of sci-fi.

These installations are accompanied by a wide-ranging public programme including performative lectures, talks, a symposium, a cake-making competition, walks and blacksmith workshops.

The History Rising publication will be launched in 2014.