This is the first book to examine, in depth, the multi-million pound redisplay and reinterpretation process in British museums in the early twenty-first century. Acknowledging the importance of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) as project catalyst, Hannah Paddon explains and explores the complex process, from the initial stages of project conceptualisation to the final stages of museum re-opening and exhibition evaluation. She also provides an in-depth look, using three case study museums, at the factors which shape each museum redisplay project including topics such as museum architecture, government agendas and the exhibition team. Finally, the book offers discussions and conclusions around pitfalls and successes and thoughts about the future of collection redisplay.
Hannah Paddon is an independent scholar, UK and Australia.
’This is not a how-to guide; more importantly it provides a much-needed analysis and trenchant reflection on redisplay in UK museums that has been enabled by Heritage Lottery funding. Keen insights, carefully made comparisons of museum processes, and the combination of theory and practice makes Redisplaying Museum Collections an important addition to the museological literature that will be welcomed by academics and practitioners alike.’ Peter Davis, Newcastle University, UK