The New Museology

The New Museology

Paperback Critical Views (Reaktion Books)

Edited by Peter Vergo, Contributions by Paul Greenhalgh, Contributions by Colin Sorensen, Contributions by Nick Merriman, Contributions by Stephen Bann, Contributions by Philip Wright, Contributions by Norman Palmer, Contributions by Peter Vergo

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  • Publisher: Reaktion Books
  • Format: Paperback | 238 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 23mm | 468g
  • Publication date: 1 October 1997
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0948462035
  • ISBN 13: 9780948462030
  • Illustrations note: 33 black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 166,449

Product description

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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Peter Vergo is Reader in the History and Theory of Art at the University of Essex. He organised the 1983 Edinburgh International Festival exhibition, Vienna 1900.

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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 A welcome addition to the library of Museology Art Monthly The New Museology is essential reading for all those seeking to understand the current debate in museum ideologies International Journal of Museum Management and Scholarship

Table of contents

Photographic Acknowledgements Notes on the Editor and Contributors Introduction - Peter Vergo 1. Museums, Artefacts, and Meanings - Charles Saumarez Smith 2. Objects of Knowledge: A Historical Perspective on Museums - Ludmilla Jordanova 3. The Reticent object - Peter Vergo 4. Theme Parks and Time Machines - Colin Sorensen 5. Education, Entertainment and Politics: Lessons from the Great International Exhibitions - Paul Greenhalgh 6. On Living in a New Country - Stephen Bann 7. The Quality of Visitors' Experiences in Art Museums - Philip Wright 8. Museum Visiting as a Cultural Phenomenon - Nick Merriman 9. Museums and Cultural Property - Norman Palmer References Select Bibliography Index