On Opening Ceremonies - by Tom Wilson

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On Tuesday May 18th this year, the Design Museum finally re-opened following the latest COVID-19 lockdown. Given the unexpected nature of the shutdown, the museum’s reopening was relatively lowkey. However, the occasion nonetheless made me think about the nature of opening ceremonies and the rhetoric surrounding openings in general – and, in particular, the way in which they reveal something about how a nation sees itself and its place in the world.