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1st Edition

Connecting Museums

ISBN 9781138490024
Published October 17, 2019 by Routledge
294 Pages

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Book Description

Connecting Museums explores the boundaries of museums and how external relationships are affected by internal commitments, structures and traditions. Focusing on museums’ relationship with heath, inclusion, and community, the book provides a detailed assessment of the alliances between museums and other stakeholders in recent years.

With contributions from practitioners and established and early-career academics, this volume explore the ideas and practices through which museums are seeking to move beyond what might be called one-off contributions to society, to reach places where the museum is dynamic and facilitates self-generation and renewal, where it can become not just a provider of a cultural service, but an active participant in the rehabilitation of social trust and democratic participation. The contributors to this volume provide conceptual critiques and clarification of a number of key ideas which form the basis of the ethics of museum legitimacy, as well as a number of reports from the front line about the experience of trying to renew museums as more valuable and more relevant institutions.

Providing internal and external perspectives, Connecting Museums presents a mix of applied and theoretical understandings of the changing roles of museums today. As such, the book should be of interest to academics, researchers and students working in the broad fields of museum and heritage studies, material culture, and arts and museum management.

Table of Contents


Mark O’Neill

1. A Social Museum by Design

Mike Benson and Kathy Cremin

2. Notes from the Frontline: Partnerships in Museums

Bernadette Lynch

3. The Social Role of Museums: from Social Inclusion to Health and Wellbeing

Nuala Morse

4. Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales and the journey towards Cultural Democracy

Janice Lane and Nia Williams

5. Breaking out of the museum core: Conservation as participatory ontology and systemic action inquiry

Helen Graham

6. Thinking through Museums and Health in Glasgow

Mark O’Neill, Pete Seaman and Duncan Dornan

7. Partnership for Health: the role of cultural and national assets in Public Health

Helen Chatterjee

8. Transforming Health, Museums and the Civic Imagination

Esme Ward

9. ‘‘Who Me?’: the individual experience in Participative and Collaborative Projects

Mike Tooby

10. Coalville Heroes

Graham Black and Stuart Warburton

11. On a Hungry Hill: Museology and Community on the Beara Peninsula

Glenn Hooper

12. ‘‘Only Connect’: the Heritage and Emotional Politics of show-casing the Suffering Migrant

Christopher Whitehead and Francesca Lanz

13. The Changing Shape of Museums in an increasingly Digital World

Oonagh Murphy

14. Material Presence and Virtual Representation: the place of the Museum in a Globalised World

Pat Cooke

15. Curating Democratic and Civic Engagement

Anwar Tlili

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Mark O'Neill is former Head of Glasgow Museums. He is now an independent researcher and consultant, an Associate Professor, College of Arts, Glasgow University and Chair of the Jury of the European Museum of the Year Award.

Glenn Hooper is a Researcher in Heritage and Tourism at Glasgow Caledonian University and Editor of Heritage and Tourism in Britain and Ireland (Routledge), and Heritage at the Interface (Florida).