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Museum Economics and the Community

Series: New Research in Museum Studies Volume: 2

Edited By: Susan Pearce

Athlone Press

Hardback | Dec 2000 | #96910 | ISBN: 0485900025
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The second volume in this series focuses upon the relationship between a museum service and its community, viewed from a range of national and international perspectives, and concentrating upon new work and new political parameters. The papers include a substantial analysis of museum operations from an economic standpoint, drawing upon research into the report of the North of England Open Air Museum at Beamish on the local economy. Further papers consider the influence of recent legislation, the role of performance indicators, and the importance of recent approaches to visitor evaluation. The volume aims to contribute to, and help to shape, the current debate about the ecoomic and political role of museums in the community.


Part 1 Museums - an economic perspective; performance indicators - promises and pitfalls; sight, disability and the museum; planning for visitors; cultural imperialism? reflections on the social and economic impact of the fortress of Louisbourg, Canada. Part 2 Augustus Pitt rivers and the typological museum idea; the elepe's beadwork - a question of legitimacy. Part 3 Reviews - the video "Building New Audiences for Museums"; "Children's Clothes"; "Picturing Power"; Taiwan, its natural history and its new natural science museum; the crisis of representation in museums - the exhibition, "The Spirit Sings"; the GREM conference, Montreal 1990; call for papers for forthcoming volumes.

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