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.
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.
Field of Research
210204 Museum Studies 200299 Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified 210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified