Is there a museum in the house? Historic houses as a species of museum

Young, Linda 2007, Is there a museum in the house? Historic houses as a species of museum, Museum management and curatorship, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 59-77, doi: 10.1080/09647770701264952.

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Title Is there a museum in the house? Historic houses as a species of museum
Author(s) Young, Linda
Journal name Museum management and curatorship
Volume number 22
Issue number 1
Start page 59
End page 77
Publisher Butterworth Scientific
Place of publication Guildford, England
Publication date 2007-03
ISSN 0964-7775
Keyword(s) historic house
house museum
country house
Summary The historic house museum exemplifies the enormous power of the museum idea to make specimens out of the material world. In fact, houses are an old museum form, very numerous and globally spread. This paper surveys the diverse inspirations of the species, its peculiar expressions, and its formative/deformative relationship to the English country house, via case studies in the UK, the US, and Australia. The paper identifies a characteristic museology that has developed to manage the conditions of house museums and suggests that the contemporary practice of heritage management derives an important strand of its direction from the traditions of house museology. Lastly, it considers the challenge, 'who wants house museums?'
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09647770701264952
Field of Research 210204 Museum Studies
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Taylor & Francis
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