What every museum reveals about past, present and future

Museums have important roles across multiple timespans, according to futurist and museum director Kristin Alford.
A dark exhibition space with a series of lit up globes hanging in it.

Climate change. Social inequity. Global pandemics. These subjects are just as relevant to the present as they are to past and future, and for Museum of Discovery (MOD.) Director Kristin Alford, museums should offer free-ranging dialogue on all of it.

‘There’s a fascinating discussion to be had here about theories of time,’ Alford told ArtsHub from her base at the University of South Australia’s MOD. ahead of her keynote address at the 2022 Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA) conference – HEAR.US.NOW.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).