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Making City Histories in Museums : Making Histories in Museums - Gaynor Kavanagh

Making City Histories in Museums

Making Histories in Museums

By: Gaynor Kavanagh (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st August 2001
ISBN: 9780718502720
Number Of Pages: 224

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Museums are a city phenomenon, one element within a suite of cultural institutions which most major urban centres support. In the 19th century, museums were established as evidence of urban sophistication, a credential of new and enlightened local government. They aimed to provide vistas significantly broader than the local. Today, however, the agenda is very different. Within the majority of cities there are museums dedicated to exploring the city itself. The contributors consider the making of city histories from very different perspectives and within a number of theoretical frameworks. They use case studies and comparisons of practice; in particular, good practice is highlighted and potential ways forward explored.

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Contributors
Preface
Acknowledgements
Buttons, Belisha Beacons and Bullets: City Histories in Museumsp. 1
Razor Ribbons, History Museums and Civic Salvationp. 19
City Museums and Their Role in a Divided Community: The Northern Ireland Experiencep. 40
Croydon: What History?p. 58
The City Museum: Who Comes?p. 80
Approaches to Portraying the City in European Museumsp. 102
Collections and Collectingp. 114
Brave New World: The Future for City History Museumsp. 133
Breaking down the Barriers of Ignorancep. 151
Envisioning Cities: Londonp. 168
Defining Cities: Socio-geographical Perspectivesp. 184
The Discovery Centre at Millennium Point, Birminghamp. 193
Indexp. 208
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ISBN: 9780718502720
ISBN-10: 0718502728
Series: Making Histories in Museums
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st August 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.01 x 16.15  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition