Social History in Museums

This manual contains contributions by 30 museum professionals from a wide range of specialisms with chapters that range from The Decorative Art Approach to The Agricultural History Approach to Oral History, Excavation Archaeology, ...

Social History in Museums

This manual contains contributions by 30 museum professionals from a wide range of specialisms with chapters that range from The Decorative Art Approach to The Agricultural History Approach to Oral History, Excavation Archaeology, Photographs and Films and Period Rooms. The discipline of social history is, in academic terms, very young and its introduction into museums is a recent phenomenon. While both these factors lie behind the contributions to this volume and definitions are fluid, controversy rife, confidence is nonetheless high. The wealth of material reflects the growth in the museum movement since the 1940s and the concern of curators to ensure that museums are popular and relevant in their communities.

Museums and the First World War

The book is concerned with how, during four demanding, dislocating and world-changing years, that most Victorian of institutions, the museum, was forced or prompted to meet the extraordinary test of war on the home front.

Museums and the First World War

The book is concerned with how, during four demanding, dislocating and world-changing years, that most Victorian of institutions, the museum, was forced or prompted to meet the extraordinary test of war on the home front. Museums were no more immune from the pressures of war than any other institution and the changes in museums during this period, some long term, others transitory, do much to explain the nature and character of museums in Britain today. Their history reveals and reflects the broader history of the home front, and the willing, stumbling, confused efforts to do the right thing at the right time. They were far away from the fighting, the despair and degradation of the battlefields. But they were in some measure not only close to, but part of, a society carrying both its fears and expectations for those operating in a war which disassembled all their lives. The discussion covers the progress of museums from just before the advent of war in August 1914 to the immediate post-war period, 1920, although this is set in the context of museum developments before and after this span of time. Museums are considered in relation to the tensions and prevalent conditions of this period. Further, the nature and effect of the experience of them and the public services they provide, in both the long and short term, are examined.

Museums and Popular Culture

Trustram, M., 1990, 'The National Museum of Labour History', Social History in
Museums: journal of the Social History Curators Group, 18: 6—9. Trustram, M.,
1992, 'A miner celebration', Museums journal, May: 25—6. Trustram, M., 1993, '
The ...

Museums and Popular Culture

Museums and Popular Culture seeks to unravel the paradox that to adequately reflect popular culture museums may need to abandon their traditional form. This is a book which no one interested in museums can afford to ignore.

The New History in an Old Museum

By looking at what happens to history on the ground in a particular place , at a
particular time , we will show that social history has hardly had the kind of
insurgent effect its critics claim for it . poThe Museum as a Social Arena This book
is an ...

The New History in an Old Museum

Drawing on visits, interviews, and research, a critical study of Colonial Williamsburg traces the competing roles of consumerism, patriotism, and educational purpose in shaping the way American history is portrayed there and received by visitors. Simultaneous. UP.

Historic House Museums in the United States and the United Kingdom

profoundly influential in applying social history perspectives to museumizing the
span of industrial buildings, including housing. The New Social History Reaches
House Museums In the long run, it has not been found easy to deploy the ...

Historic House Museums in the United States and the United Kingdom

Historic House Museums in the United States and the United Kingdom: A History addresses the phenomenon of historic houses as a distinct species of museum. Everyone understands the special nature of an art museum, a national museum, or a science museum, but “house museum” nearly always requires clarification. In the United States the term is almost synonymous with historic preservation; in the United Kingdom, it is simply unfamiliar, the very idea being conflated with stately homes and the National Trust. By analyzing the motivation of the founders, and subsequent keepers, of house museums, Linda Young identifies a typology that casts light on what house museums were intended to represent and their significance (or lack thereof) today. This book examines: • heroes’ houses: once inhabited by great persons (e.g., Shakespeare’s birthplace, Washington’s Mount Vernon); • artwork houses: national identity as specially visible in house design, style, and technique (e.g., Frank Lloyd Wright houses, Modernist houses); • collectors’ houses: a microcosm of collecting in situ domesticu, subsequently presented to the nation as the exemplars of taste (e.g., Sir John Soane’s Museum, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum); • English country houses: the palaces of the aristocracy, maintained thanks to primogeniture but threatened with redundancy and rescued as museums to be touted as the peak of English national culture; English country houses: the palaces of the aristocracy, maintained for centuries thanks to primogeniture but threatened by redundancy and strangely rescued as museums, now touted as the peak of English national culture; • Everyman/woman’s social history houses: the modern, demotic response to elite houses, presented as social history but tinged with generic ancestor veneration (e.g., tenement house museums in Glasgow and New York).

Making Histories in Museums

It may also provide a way into so-called 'black box' technologies, such as
computers, as demonstrated by the success of the social historical style '
Information Age' gallery at the National Museum of American History in
Washington. Using the ...

Making Histories in Museums

This exciting new series recognizes the tremendous potential of museum-based histories and the ways in which they can engage people with ideas about the past. People encounter and use museums on many different levels - personal, social and intellectual - and access meanings that best fit their agendas. Histories in museums can stimulate the imagination, provoke discussion and increase our ability to question what we know. From this it can be deduced that history in museums is as much about the present as it is about the past; as much about how we feel as about what we know; as much about who we are as about who we have been. The first volume in the series, Making Histories in Museums, examines museological features, but deals particularly with the historiographical issues that have previously been underplayed. Each contributor looks at theoretical frameworks within a specific field of study, using case studies and comparisons of practice. Good practice is highlighted and potential ways forward explored. The book establishes the themes that will be the subject of more detailed study in later volumes. This series will prove an invaluable resource for all those concerned with or interested in museums - museum professionals, museum students, historians and students of history, as well as the general reader.

History Curatorship

The shift in museum provision since the 1970s towards the foundation of
museums based on social history , industrial archaeology and technology
collections is noted , and is given some measure in the statistics that reveal that
817 of the ...

History Curatorship

Kavanagh offers a framework for current and future museum action and argues the case for imaginative, relevant curatorship, responsive to the evidence of social change. She also argues for a more caring and cooperative relationship with the public and with museum visitors.

Museum studies in material culture

Some are political: many museum historians, like social historians, avoid issues
of conflict because they are uncomfortable with questions of power. Here the
broader criticism levelled against social history by Eugene Genovese and others
 ...

Museum studies in material culture


Studies in History Museums

Material history and museum : a curatorial perspective in doctoral research . ”
Material History Bulletin , No . 20 ( Fall 1984 ) : 75 - 79 . Fleming , David , Crispin
Paine and John G . Rhodes , eds . Social History in Museums ; A Handbook for ...

Studies in History   Museums

As the national identity of Canadians has undergone a period of transition over the past quarter century, the interpretation of Canada's multicultural past by a growing number of human history museums has become the subject of controversy. In this volume, specialists from several museums discuss the competition between scholarship and politics in the creation of exhibitions and the treatment of various segments of the population. Topics include the presentation of ethnic and women's history.

History s Appeal

The Michigan Historical Museum and the Presentation of the Past John Robert
Thiel. Chapter One The Paths of the Past : Social History , Museums , and the
Academy " ... vivid experience gleaned through audiovisual displays , museum
visits ...

History s Appeal


The Museums Journal

The CMAG , one of three museums in the borough , is a registered museum with
a designated shoe and boot collection . Its other core collections are social
history , Northampton archaeology , art , and the Northamptonshire regiment .

The Museums Journal

"Indexes to papers read before the Museums Association, 1890-1909. Comp. by Charles Madeley": v. 9, p. 427-452.

Museums Journal

The Manchester Museum has one of the largest and most significant Egyptology
collections in Britain , derived mainly from excavations carried out in the 19th and
20th centuries ... Libraries , Museums & Arts Curator - Social History Scale 5 ...

Museums Journal

"Indexes to papers read before the Museums Association, 1890-1909. Comp. by Charles Madeley": v. 9, p. 427-452.

Oral History

the Museums Reminiscence Network and traditions and a full - scale video
documentary . ... He coordinates contemporary life - size sculptures that is
General Editor of the Social History would not be out of place in a Donald Curator
Group ' s ...

Oral History


International review of social history

Four historical museums in Moscow . Ed . by Marien van der Heijden . Museum of
the Revolution , Central Museum of V . I . Lenin , The Museum of K . Marx and F .
Engels [ and ] Gorki Leninskiye . Stichting beheer IISG , Amsterdam 1998 .

International review of social history


Women in Industry and Technology from Prehistory to the Present Day

J . Holmes , ' The 20th Century Folk Museum ' in Social History Curators ' Group
News , no . 18 , Summer 1988 . E . Hostettler , The Island at War : Memories of
Wartime Life on the Isle of Dogs , East London , Island History Trust , London ...

Women in Industry and Technology from Prehistory to the Present Day

Proceedings of the 1994 WHAM conference held at the Museum of London May 20-21 1994.

Social Analysis

Within the museum world , each object is held to carry its authenticity within , so
that it is assumed that within it is an origin at ... The social history museum ,
currently the most expanding genre of museums , at first sight appears as
something of ...

Social Analysis


A Living History Reader Museums

As the director of research for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation , Cary
Carson sees living museums as a way of taking “ history directly to the people . ”
And the " history ” that Carson has in mind is the “ new social history . ” He argues
in ...

A Living History Reader  Museums

Living History Reader is the first collection of seminal articles about conducting living history. Written by museum interpreters and enthusiasts, the articles are thought-provoking, readable, and collectively present a cross-section of the best writing about historical simulation.

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