Towards the museum of the future : new european perspectives / edited by Roger Miles and Lauro Zavala

Miles, Roger S [ed.] | Zavala, Lauro [ed.].
ISBN: 0415094984.Edition: 1rst ed.Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 1994Description: xiii, 203 p.Series: The Heritage: care-preservation-management: Summary: This book explores, through a series of authoritative essays, some of the major developments in European museums as they struggle to adapt to a rapidly changing world. It embraces a wide range of European countries, all types of museums and exhibitions and the needs of different museum audiences, and discusses the museum as communicator and educator in the context of current cultural concerns. The essays include case studies, general reviews and theoretical analyses and are written from the perspective of both museum administrators and visitors. The essays also address such topics as museums and the media, museums and exhibition design, and the educational significance of museums in formal and informal settings. This is the first book to approach these problems from a wide range of perspectives. It includes an international list of contributors who provide comprehensive coverage of exhibitions and audiences in science, history and art museums. (Font: Editor)
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This book explores, through a series of authoritative essays, some of the major developments in European museums as they struggle to adapt to a rapidly changing world. It embraces a wide range of European countries, all types of museums and exhibitions and the needs of different museum audiences, and discusses the museum as communicator and educator in the context of current cultural concerns. The essays include case studies, general reviews and theoretical analyses and are written from the perspective of both museum administrators and visitors. The essays also address such topics as museums and the media, museums and exhibition design, and the educational significance of museums in formal and informal settings. This is the first book to approach these problems from a wide range of perspectives. It includes an international list of contributors who provide comprehensive coverage of exhibitions and audiences in science, history and art museums. (Font: Editor)

List of figures -- Notes on contributors -- Photographic acknowledgements -- Introduction / Roger Miles -- Part 1. New worlds: 1. An architect's view of recent developments in European museums / Ian Ritchie -- 2. Some general thoughts on corporate museum identity: the case of the Villa Arson; Nice / Ruedi Baur, Pippo Lionni, Christian Bernard -- 3. Aims, strengths and weaknesses of the European science centre movement / Melanie Quin -- 4. The debate on heritage reviewed / Robert Lumley -- Part 2. New services: 5. Visitor studies in Germany: methods and examples / Bernhard Graf -- 6. Families in museums / Paulette M. McManus -- 7. Travelling exhibits: the Swedish experience / Jan Hjorth -- 8. 'Why are you playing at washing up again?' Some reasons and methods for developing exhibitions for children / Gillian Thomas -- 9. Museum education: past, present and future / Eilean Hooper-Greenhill -- Part 3. New analyses: 10. The rhetoric of display / Peter Vergo -- 11. The medium is the museum: on objects and logics in times and spaces / Roger Silverstone -- 12. Some processes particular to the scientific exhibition / Bernard Schiele, Louise Boucher -- 13. The identity crisis of natural history museums at the end of the twentieth century / Pere Alberch -- lndex

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