This session includes two case studies:

Remaking the Museum: Feeling the Fear and Doing It Anyway

In 2011, with a closed museum, no clear purpose and a lack of city identity, we could have given up. The Derby Museums Trust took a different path: experimenting, asking people what to do and then doing it—but more than that, they did it with us. We found a way forward. Re:Make is reimagining the site of the first factory from the inside out, co-producing the project with our communities and unlocking what makes us special—our collections, building, city and ourselves. We will share our approach and our learning.

Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence

The Museum of Innocence is both a novel by Orhan Pamuk and a museum he has set up. It won the European Museum of the Year Award in 2014 from the European Museum Forum. From the very beginnings of the project in the 1990s, Pamuk has conceived of the novel and the museum together. The session will discuss the formation and development of the museum over a 15-year period and describe how it is influencing the idea of museums today.


  • Hannah Fox
  • Onur Karaoglu