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The Future of Natural History Museums.

Author: Eric Dorfman
Publisher: London : Taylor and Francis, 2017.
Series: ICOM Advances in Museum Research.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Natural history museums are changing, both because of their own internal development and in response to changes in context. Historically, the aim of collecting from nature was to develop encyclopedic assemblages to satisfy human curiosity and build a basis for taxonomic information. Today, with global biodiversity in rapid decline, there are new reasons to build and maintain collections, while audiences are more  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Dorfman, Eric.
Future of Natural History Museums.
London : Taylor and Francis, ©2017
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Eric Dorfman
ISBN: 9781315531878 1315531879
OCLC Number: 1007072241
Notes: ""14 The future of natural history museums: general discussion""
Description: 1 online resource (232 pages).
Contents: ""Cover""; ""Half Title""; ""Title Page""; ""Copyright Page""; ""Table of Contents""; ""List of illustrations""; ""List of contributors""; ""Foreword""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""Introduction""; ""Part 1 Collecting and preserving in a changing world""; ""1 The future of natural history collections""; ""2 A holistic ethos for nature-focused museums in the Anthropocene""; ""3 Natural history museum security""; ""4 The future of research in natural history museums""; ""5 The essential role of museums in biodiversity conservation""; ""Part 2 The future of natural history museum visitor experiences"" ""6 Imagining the future of natural history museum exhibitions""""7 Teaching in natural history museums""; ""8 The Natural Futures Museum: interactivity and participation as key instruments for engaging audiences""; ""Part 3 Interfaces""; ""9 Natural history museums, zoos, and aquariums""; ""10 The evolution of natural history museums and science centers: from cabinets to museums to ... ""; ""11 National and international legislation""; ""12 Natural history museums as enterprises of the future""; ""Part 4 Commentary and synthesis""; ""13 The future of natural history museums: commentary""
Series Title: ICOM Advances in Museum Research.

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"Natural history museums are changing, both because of their own internal development and in response to changes in context. Historically, the aim of collecting from nature was to develop encyclopedic assemblages to satisfy human curiosity and build a basis for taxonomic information. Today, with global biodiversity in rapid decline, there are new reasons to build and maintain collections, while audiences are more diverse, numerous, and technically savvy. Institutions must learn to embrace new technology while retaining the authenticity of their stories and the value placed on their objects. The Future of Natural History Museums begins to develop a cohesive discourse that balances the disparate issues that our institutions will face over the next decades. It disassembles the topic into various key elements and, through commentary and synthesis, explores a cohesive picture of the trajectory of the natural history museum sector. This book contributes to the study of collections, teaching and learning, ethics, and running non-profit businesses and will be of interest to museum and heritage professionals and academics and senior students in Biological Sciences and Museum Studies."--Provided by publisher.

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