Sue Walker Visits Copenhagen
Sue Walker is the Director of Wandsworth Museum and has worked for the past year to establish an innovative future for the Wandsworth Borough Collection. In January 2015 the Museum and Battersea Arts Centre announced a partnership with the aim of securing a sustainable, resilient and accessible programme of heritage with the Collection at its heart. Sue is currently developing the concept of the BAC Moving Museum to create a heritage offer not only within Battersea Arts Centre’s home, the beautiful Grade II listed former Town Hall, but also to take the museum to the Borough in a variety of new ways. The BAC Moving Museum seeks to use the collection to stir emotions, as well as to stimulate imagination, inviting audiences to think in new ways about objects and heritage.
Sue studied English and Philosophy at York University and has a Masters’ degree in Education in Museums and Galleries from the Institute of Education. Sue has worked for a number of London museums, including the Charles Dickens Museum in Doughty Street. Her interests are considering objects through the lens of Literature and Language, and Literature and Language through the lens of objects; for the past seven years Sue has worked for the British Library, building workshops and programmes around exhibitions and core displays, as well as contributing content to the Discovering Literature website, with special interest in the Urban Gothic and built environment.
Sue visited the Director of the Arbejdermuseet in Copenhagen. The Workers’ Museum celebrates and documents three generations of Danish working families and the labour movement through its domestic and industrial exhibits. Housed in the former Union Headquarters, the Museum and its collection share much in common with the radical history of Wandsworth’s past, as delineated by figures including John Burns and Charlotte Despard. For Sue, the visit was an exciting time to exchange new ideas as to how the interpretation of a local history collection might be used as an important tool in the fight for global sustainability, conflict resolution, and community engagement.