[PUBLIC LECTURE & INFORMATION SESSION] Unexpected Encounters: How Museums nurture living and ageing well

Date: Monday, 14 January 2019

Time: 17:15 – 18:15

Venue: 1/F, T.T. Tsui Building, University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

Language: English

Cost: Free admission, all are welcome. No registration required.


Please join us for a free public lecture with Professor Jocelyn Dodd and Dr Sarah Plumb, University of Leicester, and a chance to find out more about our part time Museum Studies postgraduate degree run jointly with Leicester and Hong Kong University’s School of Professional and Continuing Education. The lecture will be followed by a networking event for alumni and museum professionals, 18:30-20:00


Across the world populations are ageing, instead of celebrating this, the negative perception of ageing and older people abound. This limits opportunities for older people to continue to contribute to society or find meaning and purpose in later life. Unexpected Encounters makes the case for the role that museums can play in supporting older people to live well. Museums’ capacity to engage older people has only been partially realised, framed by the medical model of ageing that focuses on decline, illness and frailty. Much more can be done to engage older people, drawing on their experiences and listening to their voices, as well as using museums to challenge harmful negative stereotypes.

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