Welcome to Majlis360 Behind the scenes

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Majlis360 has been created to share information, research and articles which discuss and analyze The Media Majlis’ work. This will range from explaining and examining museum practices, to the evaluation of our exhibitions, and what that evaluation tells us and how we use it to improve our work. Derived from the museum’s ethos of always another side, Majlis360 has aims to share the multiple sides of what we do and why. We hope from this to engage in a more inclusive, 360° conversation on the museum’s work, museum practices in the region, their impacts and outcomes.

Contributions come from across the museum’s staff as well as the many freelance museum professionals, media specialists, researchers, our students, and others with whom we work to create exhibitions, and their accompanying programs, publications, and web content.

Of use to museum professionals and those in the creative industries in the region, we also hope that the work here is of interest to museum visitors looking to understand more about what museums do, why and for whom.

If you have a museum related question you would like to see addressed here and think others would find interesting, please let us know via the Contact Us page. For updates on when articles are published on this page please follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

  • Author credits

    Pamela Erskine-Loftus

    Pamela Erskine-Loftus is the director of The Media Majlis. She received her MA in museum studies from the University of Leicester, with a dissertation with distinction of the effects of the 1991 Gulf War on art museums in Kuwait and Iraq, and a PhD in Arabian Peninsula Museology from Newcastle University, UK.

    Her professional experience includes appointments in the US at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and at The Museum of Modern Art in New York where she managed the department of education. Prior positions in the Arabian Peninsula include with Sharjah Museums Department, UAE, where she was founding head of interpretation and education, and with Qatar Museums where she was concept curator for a new museum. She is the editor and contributor to three books: Reimagining Museums: Practice in the Arabian Peninsula (MuseumsEtc. 2013), Museums and the Material World: Collecting the Arabian Peninsula (MuseumsEtc. 2014), and Representing the Nation: heritage, museums, identity and national narratives in the Arab Gulf States (Routledge, 2016) as well as contributing to professional journals and magazines.