Do you want your museum to take part in the BBC’s Civilisations festival next year?

It’s been nearly 50 years since Kenneth Clark’s series Civilisations hit our television screens. The original series took viewers on an extraordinary journey exploring highlights and significant moments in western art.

A new series of Civilisations will be broadcast in early 2018, this time it is a global telling of the story of art and an exploration of the visual culture of societies around the world. The series will be presented by historians David Olusoga, Mary Beard and Simon Schama.

To celebrate the return of Civilisations and the fascinating objects which help tell this story, the BBC is encouraging museums to get involved in the Civilisations festival which will run alongside the series between 2nd March and 11th March 2018.

So, how can your museum get involved?

The BBC is looking for museums and galleries to take part in a festival, showcasing projects and ideas relating to ideas connect to Civilisation. The aim of this festival is to engage a broader audience to question ideas around identity and civilisation, strike debate and inspire new audiences to explore museum collections.

The content of an exhibition/ display/event is up to you and your organisation – this could involve a performance, a key note speech, a debate, a workshop, or the display of (an) object(s).

How will your museum be supported during the festival?

  • Branding will be supplied so that you can let your visitors know that the event is part of the Civilisations Festival
  • Your event(s) will be listed on Museum Crush
  • Curators and speakers could be invited as guests on the Civilisation programme or other BBC programmes
  • In some cases, local BBC radio and television stations may decide to cover your event in one of their broadcasts

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