Museums and their Communities (Leicester Readers in Museum by Sheila Watson

By Sheila Watson

Using case reviews drawn from all components of museum experiences, Museums and their Communities explores the museums as a domain of illustration, id and reminiscence, and considers the way it can impact its group.

Focusing at the museum as an establishment, and its social and cultural surroundings, Sheila Watson examines how museums use their roles as informers and educators to empower, or to disregard, communities.

Looking on the present debates in regards to the position of the museum, she considers contested values in museum features and examines provision, energy, possession, accountability, and institutional issues.

This publication is of significant relevance for all disciplines because it explores and questions the function of the museum in sleek society.

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Illustrated in Wedd (2004: 34) from whom much of the information about the history of the hospital has been taken. See also Uglow 1997: 430. Resource, renamed the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) in 2004, is the lead strategic agency working for and on behalf of museums, libraries and archives, which advises government on policy and priorities for the sector. ‘Community Involvement in MALs (Museums, Archives and Libraries): Toolkit for improving practice’, COGS for Yorkshire Museums Council, 2002, cited in Final Report, Community Access to Archives Project (CAAP), October 2004: 41.

2002b) ‘The people versus’, Museums Journal, vol. 102, no. 2, February, 20–21. Paine, C. ) (2000) Godly Things: Museums, Objects and Religion, London and New York: Leicester University Press. C. (1989) ‘Post-structuralism, Post-modernism: Implications for Historians’, Social History, vol. 14, 83–8. Peers, L. K. (2003) ‘Introduction’, in L. K. Brown (eds) Museums and Source Communities, London and New York: Routledge, 1–16. N. (1997) ‘Multiculturalism and museums: Discourse about others in the age of globalization’, in Theory, Culture and Society, vol.

354). Communities wanted to emphasise their positive contribution and did not want negative or contentious ideas explored (1997: 130, this volume pp. 343– 4). For them the museum was an opportunity to celebrate their identity publicly. In the Canadian Museum of Civilization there is an open acknowledgement that the museum will present a particularly positive view of group identities. ‘To date it has focused on presentations of a celebratory character, in the belief that an individual’s first experience of his or her cultural heritage in a museum should be a positive one that fosters cultural self-esteem, confidence in the institution and motivation for further learning’ (MacDonald and Alsford 1995: 29, this volume p.

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