Dr James Lattin founded the Museum of Imaginative Knowledge in 2013 with the aim of investigating objects and information which
are not yet deemed museum quality by the current cultural norms. We believe that museums should not be mausoleums for the past, they should be exciting places which encourage visitors of all ages to question what we value in our lives and to offer a variety of historical interpretations.
The Museum is a founding member of the International Association of Imaginative Museums and recently responded to the UK Government's Review of Museums on behalf of the association. Our full response can be found here.
In 2015, Dr James Lattin gave talks and exhibited at a variety of locations including Falmouth Art Gallery, Birkbeck College, the University of Leicester and Leeds City Museum. The Museum also opened Room 75, A History of Angarth in 100 objects in September 2015 in London.
In 2014, the Museum went on a six week tour of the UK, more details here. And exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, see here.
Here is some press and online coverage of the Museum.
Perhaps the best introduction is to watch a short tour of the Museum...
You can also email Dr James Lattin - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Museum is also on Facebook, Twitter(@drjameslattin) and YouTube (see above).
The Museum runs on a very small budget and donations towards the running costs are always appreciated. Dr James Lattin is very grateful to everyone who has either contributed financially or helped in other ways, especially those who gave towards the 2014 Kickstarter Campaign. The Museum's list of donors is available here.
"In founding the Museum of Imaginative Knowledge, I wanted to champion small things forgotten, those artefacts and ideas which are all too often forgotten, ignored or discarded. I was frustrated with the conservative views of Western society, and the overwhelming desire to create systems to understand every aspect of our lives from a so-called rational method. These systems, whether they be cultural, political, or religious, are themselves the greatest fictions of our time, yet we live in a society which largely complies to the rules which such systems dictate.
As a country, we have both too much history and too many things which have been labelled as culturally important, yet these lie hidden in archives and basements in their thousands. We suffer from thematic exhibitions on the same themes which could be better served by a Wikipedia page in many cases. We are so in thrall to the past, to the prevention of decay and ruination, that we have lost any idea of what our culture is like, or how it has been generated.
I wish only to offer some different, perhaps more imaginative interpretations for the way we live our lives. I am no expert, just an individual interested in digging a little below the surface of how the world is presented to us. And to do this, I created the Museum, as a place to both communicate these ideas to the public, as well as to collect a wide variety of relevant artefacts.
The bulk of the Museum's collections are from the Western Borderlands, an area where I have spent much time. It is the location of the towns of Angarth and Wygarth, where my research continues into several themes. It is also the location of Judley Hall, a country house in a rather dilapitated condition, which has an unparalled collection of heirloom detritus. I have focused on these areas because they have yet to receive any detailed anthropological or archaeological study, and I hope therefore to correct this anomaly."