Re-Imagining the Museum: Beyond the Mausoleum

1st Edition

Andrea Witcomb

Routledge
Published December 5, 2002
Reference - 208 Pages - 9 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415220996 - CAT# RU20344
Series: Museum Meanings

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Summary

Re-Imagining the Museum presents new interpretations of museum history and contemporary museum practices.

Through a range of case studies from the UK, North America and Australia, Andrea Witcomb 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. She argues that museums are key mediators between high and popular culture and between government, media practitioners, cultural policy-makers and museums professionals.

Analyzing links between museums and the media, looking at the role of museums in cities, and discussing the effects on museums of cultural policies, Re-Imagining the Museum presents a vital tool in the study of museum practice.

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