Museum provision and professionalism / edited by Gaynor Kavanagh

Kavanagh, Gaynor [ed.].
ISBN: 0415112818.Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 1994Description: xiv, 362 p.Series: Leicester readers in museum studies: Summary: 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 and great boredom, sharply insightful and hopelessly bland. Museums are anything that me political climate and the imagination allows them to be. No two museums are the same. This book begins with an introduction discussing the broad areas of museum provision and professionalism. It then provides a series of thought-provoking papers on museums. The editor has included material that has something original to say or that in some way influences 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. This volume will be invaluable to students and museum professionals and will provoke them to consider museum provision and professionalism in all their forms. (Font: Editor)
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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 and great boredom, sharply insightful and hopelessly bland. Museums are anything that me political climate and the imagination allows them to be. No two museums are the same. This book begins with an introduction discussing the broad areas of museum provision and professionalism. It then provides a series of thought-provoking papers on museums. The editor has included material that has something original to say or that in some way influences 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. This volume will be invaluable to students and museum professionals and will provoke them to consider museum provision and professionalism in all their forms. (Font: Editor)

List of figures -- List of tables -- Series preface -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction / Gaynor Kavanagh -- Part 1. The museum: some definitions: 1. Some definitions of 'museum' / Timothy Ambrose, Crispin Paine ; 2. The Museums Charter / Museums Association -- Part 2. Thinking about museums: 3. The museum as a staging ground for symbolic action / Sheldon Annis ; 4. How sweet it is: cultural politics in Barbados / Jeanne Canizzo ; 5. A sense of purpose: rethinking museum values and strategies / Stuart Davies ; 6. The principles of museum administration / G. Brown Goode ; 7. Museums for the year 2000: a case for continuous revolution / J. Patrick Greene ; 8. Museum futures / Peter Jenkinson ; 9. Piero della Francesca and the trainspotters / Mark O'Neill ; 10. Making up is hard to do / Susan M. Pearce ; 11. Museum as dialogue / Neil Postman ; 12. The future of history museums / Michael Wallace ; 13. The proper business of the museum: ideas or things? / Stephen Weil ; 14. Visiting and evaluating museums / Gaynor Kavanagh -- Part 3. Museums UK: 15. The museum scene / Museums and Galleries Commission ; 16. The National Audit Office report on museums: Britain's museums 'deliver the product' / Laura Suffield ; 17. Public palaces or private places? / Barbara Woroneow ; 18. Purpose of museums and special characteristics of independents / V. T. C. Middleton ; 19. Higher concerns / Alan Warhurst et al. -- Part 4. The museums profession: 20. Curatorial identity / Gaynor Kavanagh et al. ; 21. Defining curation / John Murdoch ; 22. Cross-community curatorial competences / Patrick J. Boylan ; 23. The American art director as professional: results of a survey / Paul DiMaggio ; 24. Museum sector workforce survey: an analysis of the workforce in the museum, gallery and heritage sector in the United Kingdom" / Mary Klemm, Nicholas Wilson, Monica Scott ; 25. Image and self-image / Marista Leishman et al. ; 26. Museum director as manager / Charles Phillips ; 27. The state of pay / Phyllida Shaw ; 28. Are you sirting comfortably? Are equal opportunities a luxury? / Gaby Porter et al. ; 29. Women and museums / David R. Prince ; 30. Common ground / Marcia Tucker -- Part 5. Professionalism: 31. A new professionalism / Neil Cossons ; 32. Scholarship or self-indulgence? / NeiI Cossons ; 33. Scholarship and the public / Neil MacGregor ; 34. The ongoing pursuit of professional status / Stephen Weil ; 35. Ethics: constructing a code / Robert MacDonald -- Part 6. Codes of ethical conduct: 36. Tentative code of museum ethics / H. L. Madison ; 37. Code of ethics for museums / American Association of Museums ; 38. Code of professional ethics / ICOM ; 39. Code of conduct for museum professionals / Museums Association -- Part 7. Institutional standards: 40. Setting standards for museums / Museums and Galleries Commission ; 41. Registration Scheme for museums and galleries in the United Kingdom. Second phase: Draft for Consultation / Museums and Galleries Commission ; 42. No objects, no money, no venue, no problem / Fred Dunning ; 43. Guidelines on disability and quality of service for museums and galleries in the United Kingdom / Museums and Galleries Commission ; 44. Code of practice for museum authorities / Museums Association ; 45. Performance assessment in museums / Penny Spencer et al. and Giulia Ajmone Marsan -- Further reading -- Index

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