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Museum Provision and Professionalism : Leicester Readers in Museum Studies - Gaynor Kavanagh

Museum Provision and Professionalism

Leicester Readers in Museum Studies

By: Gaynor Kavanagh (Editor)

Paperback Published: 27th October 1994
ISBN: 9780415112819
Number Of Pages: 380

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Museums are public places where objects, images and memories are kept and shared. They exist in infinite variety and contradiction. They can be places of great excitement or great boredom, and they can be sharply insightful or hopelessly bland. Museums are anything that the political climate and the imagination allows them to be.
"Museum Provision and Professionalism" begins with an introduction discussing the broad areas of museums provision and professionalism and then provides a series of thought-provoking papers on museums. The editor has included material that is in some way influencing museum development. The selection highlights aspects of current professional concern and includes articles and extracts on how the museum is defined, thoughts on the museum, the museums profession, professionalism, codes of ethical conduct and institutional standards.
The papers which make up this volume give ample evidence of the variety of views that exist about museums. They also demonstrate that museums and museum professionals are moving forward with energy and conviction.

List of figures
List of tables
Series preface
Introductionp. 1
Some definitions of 'museum'p. 15
The Museums Charterp. 17
The museum as a staging ground for symbolic actionp. 21
How sweet it is: cultural politics in Barbadosp. 26
A sense of purpose: rethinking museum values and strategiesp. 33
The principles of museum administrationp. 41
Museums for the year 2000: a case for continuous revolutionp. 47
Museum futuresp. 51
Piero della Francesca and the trainspottersp. 55
Making up is hard to dop. 62
Museum as dialoguep. 67
The future of history museumsp. 71
The proper business of the museum: ideas or things?p. 82
Visiting and evaluating museumsp. 90
The museum scenep. 97
The National Audit Office report on museums: Britain's museums 'deliver the product'p. 103
Public palaces or private places?p. 107
Purpose of museums and special characteristics of independentsp. 112
Higher concernsp. 116
Curatorial identityp. 127
Defining curationp. 142
Cross-community curatorial competencesp. 147
The American art director as professional: results of a surveyp. 154
Museum sector workforce survey: an analysis of the workforce in the museum, gallery and heritage sector in the United Kingdomp. 164
Image and self-imagep. 172
Museum director as managerp. 177
The state of payp. 186
Are you sitting comfortably? Are equal opportunities a luxury?p. 192
Women and museumsp. 212
Common groundp. 227
A new professionalismp. 231
Scholarship or self-indulgence?p. 237
Scholarship and the publicp. 247
The ongoing pursuit of professional statusp. 251
Ethics: constructing a codep. 257
Tentative code of museum ethicsp. 265
Code of ethics for museumsp. 271
Code of professional ethicsp. 277
Code of conduct for museum professionalsp. 293
Setting standards for museumsp. 307
Registration Scheme for museums and galleries in the United Kingdom. Second phase: Draft for Consultationp. 311
No objects, no money, no venue, no problemp. 324
Guidelines on disability and quality of service for museums and galleries in the United Kingdomp. 326
Code of practice for museum authoritiesp. 336
Performance assessment in museumsp. 345
Further readingp. 353
Indexp. 354
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415112819
ISBN-10: 0415112818
Series: Leicester Readers in Museum Studies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 380
Published: 27th October 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.75
Edition Number: 1

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