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Community museums and the creation of a ‘sense of place’: Holocaust Museums in Australia

Cooke, Steven, Alba, Avril and Frieze, Donna-Lee 2014, Community museums and the creation of a ‘sense of place’: Holocaust Museums in Australia, reCollections, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 1-1.

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Title Community museums and the creation of a ‘sense of place’: Holocaust Museums in Australia
Author(s) Cooke, Steven
Alba, Avril
Frieze, Donna-Lee
Journal name reCollections
Volume number 9
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 1
Total pages 1
Publisher National Museum of Australia
Place of publication Canberra, ACT
Publication date 2014-04
ISSN 1833-1335
1833-4946
Keyword(s) museums
community
Holocaust
identity
Summary Community museums have traditionally focused on a particular geographical location. This proximity between museums and the focus of their collection give them a unique opportunity to make connections between objects, the museum building, landscape, and community. These linkages are one of the key strengths of local museums due to their potential to tell inclusive stories of people and place. Australian Holocaust museums are displaced from this geographical proximity and situated at great distance from the events they commemorate. Due to the intense involvement of survivors in their inception and development, however, such museums have been driven, indeed, defined by communal imperatives. This paper examines the connections between community and place constructed through these museums. Further, it asks how community, place and the local are defined, and how and in what way the community museums examined make connections between here and there, then and now.

This paper takes as its focus two Holocaust museums in Australia: the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Melbourne and the Sydney Jewish Museum. After briefly exploring the origins of the respective institutions and the motivations of those involved, the paper discusses how the museums construct ideas of community and place, focusing particularly on the complex imaginative geography that creates intimate, emotional connections between different times and places.
Notes Online publication only
Language eng
Field of Research 210204 Museum Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950399 Heritage not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30062554

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