Making Histories in Museums

Making Histories in Museums
Author: Gaynor Kavanagh
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 303
Release: 2005-12-01
Genre: Business & Economics
ISBN: 9780826430724

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This exciting new series recognizes the tremendous potential of museum-based histories and the ways in which they can engage people with ideas about the past. People encounter and use museums on many different levels - personal, social and intellectual - and access meanings that best fit their agendas. Histories in museums can stimulate the imagination, provoke discussion and increase our ability to question what we know. From this it can be deduced that history in museums is as much about the present as it is about the past; as much about how we feel as about what we know; as much about who we are as about who we have been. The first volume in the series, Making Histories in Museums, examines museological features, but deals particularly with hte historiographical issues that have presiously been underplayed. Each contributor looks at theoretical frameworks within a specific field of study, using case studies and comparisons of practice. Good practice is highlighted and potential ways forward explored. The book establishes the themes that will be the subject of more detailed study in later volumes. This series will prove an invaluable resource for all those concerned with or interested in museums - museum professionals, museum students, historians and students of history, as well as the general reader.

Making Early Histories in Museums

Making Early Histories in Museums
Author: Nick Merriman
Publsiher: Burns & Oates
Total Pages: 232
Release: 1999
Genre: Antiques & Collectibles
ISBN: STANFORD:36105025185120

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This text examines the debate about interpretation and making history in the context of archaeological museums. the reliance of those working on the early periods of the past on the fragmentary information provided by archaeology, as well as an imperfect documentary record, brings its own interpretative challenges. While much has been written in the context of archaeological theory about the partiality and subjectivity of archaeologists' interpretations of the past, less has been written about the implications of this for the interpretations of archaeology by a non-specialist audience in museums. As a result, the past presented in archaeological museums has tended to follow a traditional and uncritical model.

Museums and the Past

Museums and the Past
Author: Viviane Gosselin,Phaedra Livingstone
Publsiher: UBC Press
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2016-03-07
Genre: Art
ISBN: 9780774830645

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Museums and the Past explores the central role of museums as memory keepers and makers. Using case studies from a Canadian context, the contributors to this collection reflect on the challenges in maintaining and developing museums as meaningful places of memory and learning. Discussions of museum practice and historical consciousness – how our understanding of the past shapes our sense of the future – consider the modern museum’s narratives and pedagogical responsibilities and how museums continue to inform our sense of history.

Making Museums Matter

Making Museums Matter
Author: Stephen Weil
Publsiher: Smithsonian Institution
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2012-01-11
Genre: Art
ISBN: 9781588343574

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In this volume of 29 essays, Weil's overarching concern is that museums be able to “earn their keep”—that they make themselves matter—in an environment of potentially shrinking resources. Also included in this collection are reflections on the special qualities of art museums, an investigation into the relationship of current copyright law to the visual arts, a detailed consideration of how the museums and legal system of the United States have coped with the problem of Nazi-era art, and a series of delightfully provocative training exercises for those anticipating entry into the museum field.

Connecting Kids to History with Museum Exhibitions

Connecting Kids to History with Museum Exhibitions
Author: D Lynn McRainey,John Russick
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 333
Release: 2016-09-16
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9781315431871

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Kids have profound and important relationships to the past, but they don't experience history in the same way as adults. For museum professionals and everyone involved in informal history education and exhibition design, this book is the essential new guide to creating meaningful and memorable connections to the past for children. This vital museum audience possesses many of the same dynamic qualities as trained historian—curiosity, inquiry, empathy for the human experience—yet traditional history exhibitions tend to focus on passive looking in the galleries, giving priority to relaying information through words. D. Lynn McRainey and John Russick bring together top museum professionals to present state-of-the-art research and practice that respects and incorporates kids' developmental stages and learning preferences and the specific ways in which kids connect to history. They provide concrete tools for audience research and evaluation; exhibition development and design; and working with kids as "creative consultants." The only book to focus comprehensively on history exhibits for kids, Connecting Kids to History With Museum Exhibitions shows how to enhance the experiences of a vitally important but frequently the least understood museum audience.

Making City Histories in Museums

Making City Histories in Museums
Author: Gaynor Kavanagh,Elizabeth Frostick
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 228
Release: 2001-06-20
Genre: Art
ISBN: 0718502728

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New in paper section the next 7 (?) books. Making City Histories in Museums explores the emergence of many new city history museums and the nature of the cities and histories they represent. It examines historiographical, cultural and museological issues and ideas and is searching, critical yet positive, encouraging and stimulating of new ideas.

Interpreting Difficult History at Museums and Historic Sites

Interpreting Difficult History at Museums and Historic Sites
Author: Julia Rose
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 233
Release: 2016-05-02
Genre: Business & Economics
ISBN: 9780759124387

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Interpreting Difficult History at Museums and Historic Sites is framed by educational psychoanalytic theory and positions museum workers, public historians, and museum visitors as learners. Through this lens, museum workers and public historians can develop compelling and ethical representations of historical individuals, communities, and populations who have suffered. It includes various examples of difficult knowledge, detailed examples of specific interpretation methods, and will give readers an in-depth explanation of the psychoanalytic educational theories behind the methodologies. Audiences can more responsibly and productively engage in learning histories of oppression and trauma when they are in measured and sensitive museum learning environments and public history venues. To learn more, check out the website here:

Museum Matters

Museum Matters
Author: Miruna Achim,Susan Deans-Smith,Sandra Rozental
Publsiher: University of Arizona Press
Total Pages: 313
Release: 2021-08-24
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780816539574

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Museum Matters tells the story of Mexico's national collections through the trajectories of its objects. The essays in this book show the many ways in which things matter and affect how Mexico imagines its past, present, and future.