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Towards the Museum of the Future: New European Perspectives

Series: Heritage: Care-Preservation-Management

Edited By: R Miles and L Zavala

203 pages, B/w illus


Hardback | Dec 1994 [2002 reprint] | #28423 | ISBN: 0415094984
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Towards the Museum of the Future reviews the major current concerns in European museums through a series of specially-commissioned, authoritative essays. Written against a background of unprecedented change in museums and society, the essays explore how museums are variously attempting to maintain their role in a culturally and politically unstable world. The essays present a wide range of sometimes contradictory views on museums, exhibitions and museum education. They embrace case studies, general reviews and theoretical analyses, and are written from a variety of museums and the people who visit them; museums and the media; museums and exhibition design; the educational significance of museums in formal and informal settings. This is the first book to approach current problems from such a wide perspective. Its authors, from seven countries, provide comprehensive coverage ranging not just geographically across Europe, but over most type of exhibitions and audiences in science, history and art museums.


Photographic acknowledgements Notes on the contributors Introduction Part 1 NEW WORLDS 1. An architect's view of recent developments in European museums Ian Ritchie 2. Some general thoughts on museum corporate identity: the case of the Villa Arson, Nice Reudi Baur,Pippo Lionni and Christian Bernard 3. Aims, strengths and weaknesses of the European science centre movement Melanie Quin 4. The heritage debate in England Robert Lumley Part 2 NEW SERVICES 5. Visitor studies in Germany: methods and examples Bernhard Graf 6. Families in museums Paulette McManus 7. Travelling exhibits: the Swedish experience Jan Hjorth 8. Why are you playing at washing up again? Some reasons and methods for developing exhibitions for children Gillian Thomas 9. Museum education past, present and future Eilean Hooper-Greenhill Part 3 NEW ANALYSES 10. The rhetoric of display Peter Vergo 11. The medium is the museum: on objects and logics in times and spaces Roger Silverstone 12. Some processes particular to the scientific exhibition Bernard Schiele and Louise Boucher 13. The identity of natural history museums at the end of the 20th century Pere Alberch

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