Museums, Medicine & Society is an international consortium of academic researchers, museum/cultural workers, and science and health communication professionals, collaborating on projects to innovate and evaluate the uses of culture to advance health. The consortium was founded in 2013 by Dr. Manon Parry and is currently based at the University of Amsterdam.
Individual and institutional members are drawn from the arts, sciences, academia, museums and other cultural institutions in Denmark, The Netherlands, Poland, the UK, and the USA. Participants are interested in innovative approaches to the history of medicine, the communication of contemporary science, and the use of arts and culture to promote health. Projects bridge theory and practice and include research and evaluation studies, exhibitions and installations, media products, and public events.
Founder and Director: Dr. Manon Parry, University of Amsterdam
Dr. Parry is an historian of medicine and former exhibition curator at the National Library of Medicine in the USA. She has curated exhibitions on a wide range of topics, including global health and human rights, disability in the American Civil War, and medicinal and recreational drug use, with budgets ranging from $14,500 to $3 million, and her traveling exhibitions have visited more than 300 venues across in Argentina, Canada, Germany, Guam, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Project Coordinator: Hugo Schalkwijk
Hugo Schalkwijk is a public historian specializing in the contemporary history of medicine and health, and in the use of oral history. His previous projects include the history of palliative medicine in the Netherlands for ZonMw and an oral history project on the Dutch AIDS Memorial Quilt for the Amsterdam Museum. He is currently researching new strategies in collecting and exhibiting the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Netherlands, for the University of Amsterdam.
Project Researcher: William Myers
William Myers is a curator and writer who explores the intersections between design, art, and the life sciences. His books Biodesign (2012) and Bioart (2015) profile new approaches to collaboration across disciplines and have served as the basis for several exhibitions, courses, and public presentations he has organized worldwide. He currently serves as jury chairman for the Bio Art and Design Awards in the Netherlands and he previously worked for the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Guggenheim Museum, the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, and The New Institute in Rotterdam. William also mentors masters students at the Design Academy in Eindhoven and lectures at universities and events. His work has been profiled in the journal Science, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, Volkskrant, and Folha de São Paulo, among others.