Director, National Museum of History, Taipei City, Taiwan
National Museum of History, with its classical building and natural environment, has been an important venue for artistic and cultural activities in Taipei. NMH is located in the Nan Hai Compound with neighbors like National Taiwan Arts Education Center, Yu Yu Yang Museum, Guling Theater, Nan Hai Gallery, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, and Chien Kuo Senior High School. The entire area has become a social education park with rich resources in arts, culture, and natural history.
As time changes rapidly, NMH in the last sixty years has devoted itself to enhancing its services in terms of artifact collection, academic research, exhibition, and educational promotion. We have accumulated fruitful results. In this speech, I will focus on the five aspects of collection, exhibition, educational activities, cultural creative marketing, and future prospects. I will describe to you how NMH progresses with time, keeps creating charms, responds to the needs of society, and becomes a competitive museum. I hope I can share with you some experiences of NMH through this speech and I sincerely welcome your feedback.
Dr. Yui-Tan Chang received his Ph.D. from the Department of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, UK. in 1993. Before going to Britain, he had been working at the Division of Science Education, National Museum of Natural Sciences (NMNS), responsible for educational programming (1983-1988) and also served as the executive editor of the Museology Quarterly (1987-1988). After receiving his Ph. D. degree, he returned to the NMNS and served as associate curator and the head of the Division of Science Education; he also took up the position of the chief editor of Museology Quarterly.
In 1996, he joined the faculty of the Graduate Institute of Museology in the Tainan National University of the Arts. He served as the Director of the Institute from 1999 to 2002, as Director of the Center for International Art Exchange from 2002 to 2005, and as Dean of the College of Letters and Culture Heritage from 2005 to 2006. From 2008 to 2010, he was the Vice Minister of the Council for Cultural Affairs, Executive Yuan. He is currently Director of the National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan. Since February 2014 he also serves as President of Chinese Association of Museums.
His major academic interests are on the research of the development of New Museology, museum education and museum visitor studies. His publication includes the following: Walking in the Temporal-Space of Museums (1994), The Future of Museums in the Global Village (1994), Exploring the Contemporary Museums (2000), How to Interpret Museums (2000), Observation on the Trends of Museums (2003), and Ecomuseums: The Rise of a Cultural Movement (2003).
He was also in charge of the planning project of the Lanyang Museum in Yilan County (1995 & 1998) and the 921 Earthquake Museum and Memorial Park in Wu-Fong, Taichung County (2001).