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GE-259267-18

Worcester Art Museum (Worcester, MA 01609-3196)
Jeffrey Louis Forgeng (Project Director: August 2017 to present)

Permanent Installation of Medieval Arms & Armor

Planning for a long-term exhibition of the museum’s arms and armor collection.

The Worcester Art Museum seeks funding from the NEH to support planning activities for the long-term installation of its collection of arms and armor. WAM acquired the highly significant collection in 2014 from the Higgins Armory Museum and plans to design an innovative installation, consisting partly of open storage, with emphasis on accessibility, both physical and intellectual. The grant would help fund preparatory activities including specialist review of the collection, brainstorming by regional academics and educators to suggest possible interpretive approaches, and consultation with interpretation and design specialists to turn these ideas into concrete plans for a compelling and engaging installation that will appeal to diverse audiences. The installation’s core humanities concepts will be the contrast between the superficial purpose of the objects and their actual complex functions, and the meaning of their enduring power as symbols today when they are no longer in actual use.

Project fields:
Arts, General; Medieval History; Military History

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2019