182 pages, 62 b/w photos, maps
Presents the views, concerns, and challenges of those who run West Africa's museums and encourages more innovative, critical, and African approaches to the presentation of a rich and multifaceted heritage.
'...a useful book that analyzes both problems and solutions in researching, managing and explicating West Africa's cultural heritage.' - Thomas H. Wilson in Journal of African History 'This volume provides a larger audience with a valuable awareness of the complexity of issues facing African museums and academic institutions.' - Barbara E. Frank in African Studies Review '... this volume, in unison with the two preceding it, has a clear message, that museums matter in modern societies and need to reach out to their communities - and that all this requires is renewed and more imaginative efforts. In that endeavour these neat publications of the West African Museums Programme are valuable symbolically.' - John E.G. Sutton in Modern African Studies 'The volume's strength is the specifics of case studies, the on-the-ground picture of moving between bureaucracies, research, and the public in settings where basic funds and supplies, helpful media, a receptive audience and safety for collections and archaeological sites are all problematic... The authors provide a wide Africanist and museum-professional audience with a "state of the field" tatement...' - Adria LaViolette in International Journal of African Historical Studies
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