Memory of Fire, the 2008 Brighton Photo Biennial, shown across
nine venues, had public impact, as measured by audience figures, audience
comment on the website and in gallery comment books, attendance at public
events and in education programmes, and the analyses of the event in an
independent audit and Audience & Visitor Evaluation Report. Its longer
term impact derives from the stimulation of discourse about the role of
imagery in the conduct of war, over a period in which the UK has
continually been at war, and in which the media's treatment of war has
been of pressing public concern.
Making Art in Tudor Britain (MATB) has enhanced public engagement with
iconic images of British
history; generated fresh insights for the public (multiple makers' hands,
works' international origin)
and brought works into display. School-level learners and teachers have
particular readiness to
attend to Tudor material since the Tudor period is central to National
Curriculum. Popular access
to findings on the makeup of works (lectures, website, museum displays and
trails, book, press
articles) led to knowledge enhancement. Viewers were fascinated and
instructed by a TV
demonstration of newly-tried methods of technical analysis on forgeries.
MATB has impacted on
international conservation practice, sparking exhibitions and projects.
Turner and the Masters, organised in collaboration with Tate
Britain, shown at Tate, the Grand Palais, Paris, and the Museo Nacional
del Prado, Madrid, in 2009-10, had extensive impact, as measured by
audience figures, catalogue sales, press coverage, online survey
participation, and attendance at public events and education programmes.
Exhibition visitors, schoolchildren on tours, readers and viewers of media
items gained insight into Turner's achievements; mechanisms of cultural
transmission and the European context of British art. Immediate impact on
curatorial and scholarly engagement with Turner shows in a `spin-off'
exhibition (Turner in the Light of Claude) at the National Gallery,
and a new book on Turner and history.
The Gothic Ivories Project is an online research resource which aims to
provide detailed information and high-quality images of all Gothic
ivories. This database has been constructed in a collaborative venture
with over 260 museums and collections in 19 countries to date. It is
accessible at www.gothicivories.courtauld.ac.uk.
Despite being work in progress, the site already attracts over 2,000 users
per month. It has transformed the possibilities and practicalities of
ivories research. The principal beneficiaries are scholars, students,
museum staff, the art market and the wider public.