The Emergence of the Modern Museum

The Emergence of the Modern Museum : An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Sources

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In 1820 less than a handful of museums existed on the British Isles, and both their form and function were far from what a visitor today would expect, By the beginning of the First World War, not only had over 400 museums been founded in Great Britain, but their place in culture was recognizably close and often identical to the modern one - whether considered in terms of content, forms of display, or modes of access. Although there has never been a single simple and uncontested amount of the character and function of the museum, it is to this period of inception that we turn for the most urgent and compelling debates as to the nature of institutions that were set up with such effort and expense in England and all over the world. The goal of this anthology is to allow the reader access to primary sources indicative of the history and development of the museum in the nineteenth century, which is to say, at the moment the modern concept took institutional shape in response to the varied social and cultural debates.show more

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  • Hardback | 408 pages
  • 160 x 238 x 34mm | 739.35g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195331133
  • 9780195331134
  • 2,076,678

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...illuminating anthology ... provide[s] a vivid insight into the social and political forces that shaped museums as cultural venues. A valuable addition to the growing body of literature that documents the great 'Age of the Museum'. * Brendan Moore, British Museum Magazine *show more

About Jonah Siegel

Jonah Siegel is Professor of English, Rutgers Universityshow more

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