Re-imagining the museum: beyond the mausoleum

Witcomb, Andrea 2003, Re-imagining the museum: beyond the mausoleum, Routledge, London, England.

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Title Re-imagining the museum: beyond the mausoleum
Author(s) Witcomb, AndreaORCID iD for Witcomb, Andrea
Publication date 2003
Total pages x, 198 p.
Publisher Routledge
Place of Publication London, England
Keyword(s) museums -- philosophy
museums -- United States -- history
museums -- Great Britain -- history
museums -- Australia -- history
museum exhibits -- historiography
museum techniques -- historiography
cultural policy -- history
mass media and culture -- history
popular culture -- history
Summary Through a range of case- studies, including studies from the UK, North America and Australia, this book moves away from the idea that museums are always "conservative" to suggest they have a long history of engaging with popular culture and addressing a variety of audiences. Andrea Whitcomb argues that museums are key mediators between high and popular culture and between government, media practitioners, cultural policy-makers and museums professionals. The book also analyses links between museums and the media, looks at the role of museums in cities and discusses the effects on museums of cultural policies.
Notes 1. Unmasking a different museum: museums and cultural criticism -- 2. Floating the museum -- 3. From Batavia to Australia II: negotiating changes in curatorial practices -- 4. 'A place for all of us'? Museums and communities -- 5. Beyond the mausoleum: museums and the media -- 6. Interactivity in museums: the politics of narrative style.
ISBN 0415220998
Language eng
Field of Research 210204 Museum Studies
200299 Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category A1.1 Books - authored - research
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