Erin Bernard headshot

Erin Bernard

Erin Bernard feels strongly that access matters and that all spaces are museums and galleries if we just treat them as they are. She believes the Philadelphia Public History Truck is one path to understanding access issues in history museums and cultural spaces. She views the History Truck as an intervention within two spaces–within Philadelphia neighborhoods where people are not typically listened to or challenged to be authorities of their own story and within the academy where marginalized voices and everyday urban concerns are often overlooked.

Philadelphia Public History Truck by Erin Bernard - informational panels on patterned wallpaper

Philadelphia Public History Truck, 2016

In 2016, AAI partnered with the Philadelphia Public History Truck (PPHT), a mobile museum project that works with Philly neighborhood organizations to explore local history using oral history, objects, archival research, social practice art, and conceptual art in collaboration with the people who live, work, and play in Philly’s places and spaces.