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Museum practice

Conal McCarthy (Editor, Writer of introduction), Sharon Macdonald (Editor), Helen Rees Leahy (Editor)
"Museum Practice covers the professional work carried out in museums and art galleries of all types, including the core functions of management, collections, exhibitions, and programs. Some forms of museum practice are familiar to visitors, yet within these diverse and complex institutions many practices are hidden from view, such as creating marketing campaigns, curating and designing exhibitions, developing fundraising and sponsorship plans, crafting mission statements, handling repatriation claims, dealing with digital media, and more. Focused on what actually occurs in everyday museum work, this volume offers contributions from experienced professionals and academics that cover a wide range of subjects including policy frameworks, ethical guidelines, approaches to conservation, collection care and management, exhibition development and public programs. From internal processes such as leadership, governance and strategic planning, to public facing roles in interpretation, visitor research and community engagement and learning, each essential component of contemporary museum practice is thoroughly discussed"-- Back cover
Print Book, English, 2020
Paperback edition
Wiley Blackwell, Chichester, UK, 2020
xliv, 652 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
9781119642077, 9781405198509, 1119642078, 1405198508
List of Illustrations ix Editor xiii General Editors xiv Contributors xv Acknowledgments xvii Editors'Preface to Museum Practice and the International Handbooks of Museum Studies xix Introduction: Grounding Museum Studies: Introducing Practice xxviiConal McCarthy Part I Priorities 1 1. The Essence of the Museum: Mission, Values, Vision 3David Fleming 2. Governance: Guiding the Museum in Trust 27Barry Lord, with Case Study by Rina Gerson 3. Policies, Frameworks, and Legislation: The Conditions Under Which English Museums Operate 43Sara Selwood and Stuart Davies 4. Reconceptualizing Museum Ethics for the Twenty-First Century: A View from the Field 69Janet Marstine, Jocelyn Dodd, and Ceri Jones 5. Museum Measurement: Questions of Value 97Carol A. Scott 6. Developing Audiences for the Twenty-First-Century Museum 123Graham Black Part II Resources 153 7. Balancing Mission and Money: Critical Issues in Museum Economics 155Ted Silberberg and Gail Lord 8. Tate and BP - Oil and Gas as the New Tobacco?: Arts Sponsorship, Branding, and Marketing 179Derrick Chong 9. From Idiosyncratic to Integrated: Strategic Planning for Collections 203James B. Gardner 10. Collection Care and Management: History, Theory, and Practice 221John E. Simmons 11. The Future of Collecting in "Disciplinary" Museums: Interpretive, Thematic, Relational 249Nick Merriman 12. Managing Collections or Managing Content?: The Evolution of Museum Collections Management Systems 267Malcolm Chapman 13. Conservation Theory and Practice: Materials, Values, and People in Heritage Conservation 293Dean Sully Part III Processes 315 14. From Caring to Creating: Curators Change Their Spots 317Ken Arnold 15. The Pendulum Swing: Curatorial Theory Past and Present 341Halona Norton-Westbrook 16. Planning for Success: Project Management for Museum Exhibitions 357David K. Dean 17. Museum Exhibition Tradecraft: Not an Art, but an Art to It 379Dan Spock 18. Museum Exhibition Practice: Recent Developments in Europe, Canada, and Australia 403Linda Young, with Anne Whitelaw and Rosmarie Beier-de Haan 19. A Critique of Museum Restitution and Repatriation Practices 431Piotr Bienkowski 20. Rewards and Frustrations: Repatriation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ancestral Remains by the National Museum of Australia 455Michael Pickering Part IV Publics 479 21. The "Active Museum": How Concern with Community Transformed the Museum 481Elizabeth Crooke 22. Visitor Studies: Toward a Culture of Reflective Practice and Critical Museology for the Visitor-Centered Museum 503Lee Davidson 23. Translating Museum Meanings: A Case for Interpretation 529Kerry Jimson 24. Learning, Education, and Public Programs in Museums and Galleries 551John Reeve and Vicky Woollard 25. Reviewing the Digital Heritage Landscape: The Intersection of Digital Media and Museum Practice 577Shannon Wellington and Gillian Oliver Afterword: The Continuing Struggle for Diversity and Equality 599Eithne Nightingale Museum Practice and Mediation: An Afterword 613Anthony Alan Shelton Index 635