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Fragments of the world : uses of museum collections

Author: Suzanne Keene
Publisher: Amsterdam ; Boston : Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, 2005.
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Explores why museum collections are kept and how they can be best put to use using case studies from around the globe.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Keene, Suzanne.
Fragments of the world.
Amsterdam ; Boston : Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, 2005
(DLC) 2005928031
(OCoLC)62525479
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Suzanne Keene
ISBN: 0080456413 9780080456416 9780750664721 075066472X
OCLC Number: 76824357
Description: 1 online resource (x, 198 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Cover --
Fragments of the World --
Contents --
Preface --
List of figures --
Introduction --
Museum directions and perceptions --
Concerns articulated --
Why the problem? --
Too much stuff? --
About this book --
Notes --
The Pitt-Rivers Museum, Oxford --
Museums --
Variety in museums --
Museums, collections, and economics --
Professional attitudes --
Conclusions --
Notes --
Collections --
The nature of collections --
Practical aspects --
Using functional objects --
Collections and politics --
Collections and cultures --
Collections and conflicts --
Collections: the dark side --
Conclusions --
Notes --
Collections for research --
What research? --
Who researches? --
What do researchers require? --
Case study: archaeological collections of the Museum of London --
Collections researched and less researched --
Discussion --
Conclusions --
Notes --
Collections for ongoing learning --
About learning --
How people think --
Object-based learning: some examples --
What do students learn? --
Museums, collections, and education: the potential --
Universities and museums --
Conclusions --
Notes --
Flea Market --
Collections, memory, and identity --
Concepts of memory and identity --
Museums and memory --
Identities --
Memory in the case of military museums --
Discussion: implications --
Conclusions --
Notes --
Collections and creativity --
Theories of creativity --
The art of the collection --
Stories from collections --
Collections, music, and sound --
Collections as places --
Inspiration for the public --
Discussion --
Conclusions --
Notes --
Beowulf: the treasure and the dragon --
Collections for enjoyment --
How and what we enjoy --
Enjoying stored collections --
Personal visits --
People using collections --
Conclusions --
Notes --
Collections and digitization --
Museum futures --
Digital futures --
Using digital technologies, using collections --
Discussion --
Conclusions --
Notes --
Collections and values --
Introduction --
Culture and economics --
Changes in value --
Measuring cultural value --
Museums and values --
Perspectives on value --
Conclusions --
Notes --
Poetry --
Piecing together the fragments --
Museums and collections in the future --
What can museums do? --
A new focus on collections --
Is there a solution? --
Conclusions --
Notes --
Acknowledgements --
Research method --
Interviews and visits --
Copyright and permissions --
Quotations --
Images --
Index --
Last Page.
Responsibility: by Suzanne Keene.
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The question of how musuem collections can be put to best use is ever present. Examining this and other questions, this book reviews the history of collecting and of collections, and then discusses  Read more...

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