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Dream Spaces : Memory and the Museum - Gaynor Kavanagh

Dream Spaces

Memory and the Museum

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2000
ISBN: 9780718502072
Number Of Pages: 208

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Bringing together theory from disparate fields, including behavioural gerontology, counselling and therapy, applied psychology and historiography, and drawing on research from the UK, the USA and Europe, this is a multi-faceted study of memory and the museum. It explores what Sheldon Annis referred to as the "dream space", the non-rational, affective and reflective experience of encountering material and ourselves within the museum and, for the purpose of this book, within the processes and procedures of making history in museums. It examines the theory of "dream space" in the context of the practical world of museums where so many of the issues of memory, the life span and their connections are brought into sharp focus. The book has four parts: the relationship of memory to history and the changing place of memory within historiographic and museological theory; the dynamics of memory and its employment in the construction of social knowledge of the past through the medium of exhibitions - in essence, memory as product; the experience of remembering in the museum or through access to museum collections -that is memory as process; and the interplay of product and process experienced in the visit and in educational activities.

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"Drawing on research from a number of fields, from behavioral gerontology to historiography, Dream Spaces is a multifaceted look at memory in the history of the museum." Museum News

Dream spaces, memories and museumsp. 1
What is memory?p. 9
Remembering and forgettingp. 16
Memory and life stagesp. 24
Memory in late lifep. 35
Remembering and the society of othersp. 41
The art of listeningp. 47
Oral history and museumsp. 57
Recording memoriesp. 68
Working with testimonyp. 79
Dynamics of interviewingp. 87
Collections of objects, or memories?p. 98
Collecting memories and objectsp. 108
Reminiscence and the older adultp. 117
Working with reminiscencep. 127
Working with the memory bearersp. 133
Bearing witnessp. 141
Memories, dream spaces and the visitp. 148
Dreaming the rationalp. 158
Memory spaces, dreams and museumsp. 170
Bibliographyp. 176
Name Indexp. 190
Subject Indexp. 195
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ISBN: 9780718502072
ISBN-10: 0718502078
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st April 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.33 x 15.98  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.45