SuperPower Season: Museums Online
It's the public, not curators who are taking a major role in shaping the collections of The Museum of the History of the Polish Jews and the National September 11 Museum and Memorial.More from SuperPower
Neither museum will have a physical building until 2012 but the collections are alive and thriving on the web. What does this mean for the curators and visitors?
We talk to Nina Simon, author of Participatory Museum, about the impact of the web on our museums.
Badshah Khan is a hero to the Pashtun people - a man who organised and ran a peaceful non-violent campaign to oust the British from the Indian sub-continent. Although twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, outside his own people he's enjoyed none of the fame of Gandhi. Now the story of his life has been made into an award-winning documentary and as the BBC's Dawood Azami found out, followers, fans, filmmakers and regional politicians believe the world now needs his story to be told loud and often.
The St Lucian Nobel Laureate has a major new collection of poetry out. 'White Egrets' covers difficult subjects such as the complex colonial legacy of the Caribbean but also the wonders of the world in which Walcott lives on St Lucia. Old friends who have passed and a land being colonised again by developers building fenced off hotel complexes feature in this collection. But most of all, Walcott says, it is retaining a sense of astonishment at the way the world is that keeps the poems coming.
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