june 2018

20jun18:1018:40Stephanie Stroh - Liquid museology: How to voyage the Maritime Museum18:10 - 18:40 B: Studio 1

Event Details

What happens if we write ‘with’ the sea rather than ‘about’ it? In what sense does the sea affect the way wethink,write,performorresearchasubject?

In this presentation I reflect upon my experience of taking a rather unconventional approach to researching a museum – as an experiment in site- responsive, creative methodologies. Drawing on my doctoral research, I want to take the audience on a journey through the liquid materialities and fluid practices of researching the National Maritime Museum Greenwich, London.

It started with me becoming interested in the way museums have, of late, been reimagined as experiences and processes in themselves, and how adjectives such as ‘liquid’ and ‘porous’ have dissolved the more static and solid notion of the museum as institution. This prompted me to explore new ways of responding to the museum that would take these conceptual changes seriously and expand on them from a more in-situ, embodied perspective. From his perspective, the sea is more than a context or backdrop. It is a vital actant that makes us question our methods of research and our position within that research. Importantly, the sea has revealed an interconnectedness between creative research practices and critical reflection, which I want to examine in this presentation.

Because creativity is at the heart of this undertaking, the presentation will expand the boundaries of a theoretical paper and include various creative materials such as photography and poetic writing styles as a creative exercise of storytelling.



Stephanie Stroh’s research interests bring together theories of craft and practical knowledge, maritime worlds, and the museum. Her doctoral thesis, which was funded by the AHRC, explored creative- experimental approaches to researching the National Maritime Museum Greenwich, London. Stephanie further holds an MA in Museum Studies from Kingston University London and an MA in Art History from Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany.


(Wednesday) 18:10 - 18:40


B: Studio 1

Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EN