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The New Museology : Critical Views - Peter Vergo

The New Museology

Critical Views

By: Peter Vergo (Editor)

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Traditionally, museums have concerned themselves with foremost with conservation and classification. But what is conserved, and why? How is it classified? And who does this benefit? Are exhibitions really designed with the visitor in mind? And what qualities of experience are being offered?

These are just some of the pressing questions which the authors - museum professionals, historians and critics - raise in this volume. Art collections, museums of childhood, science and photography, theme parks and 'time machines', and the Great Exhibitions are among the diverse subjects discussed.

As a collection of critical views of museum history, theory and practice, The New Museology is of interest not only to those in the museum profession, but to all those concerned with society's attitude to its own history and culture.

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'A lively and controversial symposium ... thought-provoking.' - The Sunday Times

'The essays are all distinguished by their topicality and lucidity Museum News Stimulating.' - Richard Cork

Photographic Acknowledgements
Notes on the Editor and Contributors
Museums, Artefacts, and Meanings
Objects of Knowledge: A Historical Perspective on Museums
The Reticent object
Theme Parks and Time Machines
Education, Entertainment and Politics: Lessons from the Great International Exhibitions
On Living in a New Country
The Quality of Visitors' Experiences in Art Museums
Museum Visiting as a Cultural Phenomenon
Museums and Cultural Property
Select Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780948462030
ISBN-10: 0948462035
Series: Critical Views
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 238
Published: 1st June 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.46