Saturday 16 January 2021 - 19:00 to Saturday 30 January 2021 - 21:00

The Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines in St. Petersburg will hold a series of online lectures and discussions “How and why British museums study videogames?” from 16 January to 30 January 2021.

One of the world's largest and fastest-growing creative economy industries, gaming employs tens of thousands of people around the globe and generates billions of dollars in profit each year. Despite this, the study of videogames in Russia is still regarded as a frivolous and unimportant activity. Only a small community of enthusiastic researchers are now trying to challenge this stereotype.

These lectures will explore how museums in the UK study video games and gaming culture. By sharing their experience, British experts will help listeners understand that games are an important cultural phenomenon and by studying them we can contribute to our understanding of ourselves as humans. Speakers will explain how video games fit into museum collections and why it is so important to explore, preserve, and promote gaming heritage.

The lectures will be run by representatives of leading British museums: Iain Simons and James Newman from the National Videogame Museum in Sheffield, Kristian Volsing from the V&A Museum of Childhood, Geoff Belknap, and Kathryn Penny from the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford.

All lectures will be held on Zoom in English with simultaneous translation into Russian, including a Q&A segment. You can also join streams in Russian broadcast by the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines.

All events are free with prior registration on Timepad.


16.01.2021 / "A history of videogames in things"
Iain Simons — co-founder of the National Videogames Museum
James Newman — Research Professor at Bath Spa University and a researcher and curator at the National Videogames Museum

21.01.2021 / “Videogames at the V&A: Design, Culture and Audience Perspectives”
Kristian Volsing —research Curator at the Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt Exhibition and project Curator at V&A Museum of Childhood Futureplan.

30.01.2021 / “How does a National Museum collect and exhibit the UK's biggest creative industry?”
Geoff Belknap — Head Curator at the National Science and Media Museum
Kathryn Penny — Head of Screen Operation at National Science and Media Museum
Moderator: Alysia Judge — one of the UK’s premier speakers and broadcasters on gaming, an award-winning journalist, presenter and producer

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