Michael Compton in conversation with Victoria Walsh

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Michael Compton
Michael Compton joined Tate in 1965 as Assistant Keeper in the Modern Collection (now Collection). In 1970 he was appointed as Keeper of Exhibitions and Education Department to be assisted by 2 Assistant Keepers.  In 1980, he became responsible for the exhibitions programme, Education and the Archive & Library

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This recording is part of:

Education Practice at Tate 1970-present
Programme A

Monday 23 February – Friday 27 February 2009

In considering how museums have significantly reconfigured their relationships with audiences over the last decade and given how Learning as a department carries a notable responsibility in developing audiences, this series of interviews with present and past members of Tate staff aims to create an understanding and account of how Education practice within Tate has historically evolved from information and explanation to interpretation, engagement to participation, informal knowledge to professional research.

Questions to be considered in this programme in relation to Education practice are:

  • Since its inception  what are the historical legacies of the original Education Department within the operation of Tate and more recently Tate Britain?
  • Where has Education been historically positioned and now?
  • What kind of agency does Education hold within the production and reproduction of knowledge within Tate?
  • What is its relationship to a research practice?
  • How does it configure its publics?

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