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UNESCO World Heritage at 50: What Future for the Past?

By: Lynn Meskell

PIK Professor Dr. Lynn Meskell, who among her appointments holds the position of Curator in the Asian and Near East Sections of the Penn Museum, recently organized a workshop on global cultural heritage at Perry World House. In the following, Meskell sets out the conference and its contribution. This year marks the 50th anniversary of […]

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The Process of Processing: How Collections Become (and Stay) Organized

By: Sarah Linn and Cameron Findlay

The Penn Museum has over 1 million objects in its collection. How on earth can we keep track of it all?  Step 1: Acquiring the Objects  Processing objects is the first step in building and displaying a museum collection. Every object that is donated, purchased, or excavated has to be absorbed and recorded into the […]

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