The Nature of Collecting

By Sandro Sciberras

The aim of this course is to provide a better understanding and appreciation of collecting, a primordial instinct of our ancestors and how this idea developed and mutated throughout the ages. The varied nature of collecting will be analysed from a historical, psychological and social point of view, with special attention being given, though not exclusively, to various collections and their display in Malta throughout the years. The course shall also delve briefly on museums and the future of collecting in modern society. Closing the course will be an open presentation/discussion with the attendees about their experiences in this field and where possible, share information about their own personal collections too.

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