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Downgraded and Upcycled: A Museum Studies Seminar Exhibition About Legacy Media

Friday, May 11

University of Richmond Museums presents Downgraded and Upcycled: A Museum Studies Seminar Exhibition About Legacy Media, on view from March 6 to May 11, 2018, at the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature. The exhibition focuses on the awareness of legacy media and the potential loss of history and memories currently stored in increasingly obsolete formats.


What is legacy media? Legacy media refers to formats of storing content that are slowly becoming obsolete, such as Video Home System (VHS) tapes, audio cassette tapes, vinyl albums, CDs, DVDs, and many others that might be found gathering dust in the back of closets. These formats are being replaced by new media storage platforms such as the internet and cloud storage, smart phones, and mobile apps.  Students in the Museum Studies Seminar class explore different types of legacy media and present it as a form of experience and exploration.


The exhibition features two segments, the first will focus on educational opportunities to provide viewers the resources to learn about legacy media in different ways such as the opportunity to see the inner workings of a VHS tape. There will also be information about how to preserve or get rid of legacy media in a sustainable way. The second segment of the exhibition will be a multisensory experience. Museum visitors enter a space designed to be reminiscent of a 1980s living room. The space includes different media to interact with, such as VHS tapes, vinyl records, and CDs along with players to use the media. The goal of this area is to provide visitors with a unique physical experience that only these older forms of media are capable of providing due to their physical properties. Visitors are encouraged to take their time with this section and experience the nostalgic feel of legacy media.

University of Richmond
28 Westhampton Way, Richmond, VA, 23173


RVA Northside




All ages


Film / Video / Media, Exhibit


Science & Technology, Visual Arts




Group & Artist
University of Richmond

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