Museums and the shaping of knowledge / Eilean Hooper-Greenhill

By: Hooper-Greenhill, Eilean.
ISBN: 0415070317.Edition: 1rst ed.Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 1992Description: ix, 232 p.Series: The Heritage: care-preservation-management: Summary: Museums have been active in shaping knowledge over the last 600 years. Yet what is their function within today's society? At the present time, when funding is becoming increasingly scarce, difficult questions are being asked about the justification of museums. Museums are actively re-organising their spaces and collections, in order to present themselves as environments for self-directed learning based on experience, often to new audiences. This critical review of past and current practices and theories will provide a valuable point of reference for museum professionals planning future policies. It will also provide powerful insights for academics and students in the fields of cultural studies, archaeology and material cultures, for it shows how context determined the interpretation of objects. (Font: Editor)
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Museums have been active in shaping knowledge over the last 600 years. Yet what is their function within today's society? At the present time, when funding is becoming increasingly scarce, difficult questions are being asked about the justification of museums. Museums are actively re-organising their spaces and collections, in order to present themselves as environments for self-directed learning based on experience, often to new audiences. This critical review of past and current practices and theories will provide a valuable point of reference for museum professionals planning future policies. It will also provide powerful insights for academics and students in the fields of cultural studies, archaeology and material cultures, for it shows how context determined the interpretation of objects. (Font: Editor)

List of plates -- 1. What is a museum? -- 2. The first museum of Europe? -- 3. The palace of the prince -- 4. The irrational cabinet -- 5. The 'cabinet of the world' -- 6.The Repository of the Royal Society -- 7. The disciplinary museum -- 8. A useful past for the present -- Bibliography -- Index

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