1st Edition

Revisiting Museums of Influence Four Decades of Innovation and Public Quality in European Museums

Edited By Mark O'Neill, Jette Sandahl, Marlen Mouliou Copyright 2021
    280 Pages 51 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    280 Pages 51 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Revisiting Museums of Influence presents 50 portraits of a range of European museums that have made striking innovations in public quality over the past 40 years. In so doing, the book demonstrates that excellence can be found in museums no matter their subject matter, scale, or source of funding.

    Written by leading professionals in the field of museology, who have acted as judges for the European Museum of the Year Award, the portraits describe museums that had, or should have had, an influence on other museums around the world. The portraits aim to capture the moment when this potential was identified, and the introduction will locate the institutions in the wider history of museums in Europe over the period, as well as drawing out common themes of change and innovation that unite the portraits.

    Providing many very diverse portraits, Revisiting Museums of Influence captures the immense capacity of the museum to respond to changing societal needs. As a result, the book will be essential reading for students of museology and museum professionals around the world in shaping the museums they wish to create. Scholars and students of art history, archaeology, ethnography, anthropology, cultural and visual studies, architecture, memory studies and history will also find much to interest them.

    Part  1 Introduction

      Mark O’Neill, Jette Sandahl and Marlen Mouliou

    Part 2 Museum Portraits

    1. Ironbridge Gorge Museum, United Kingdom, 1977  
    2. Massimo Negri  

    3. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark, 1978
    4. Massimo Negri  

    5. Catharine Convent State Museum, The Netherlands, 1980  
    6. Ann Nicholls 

    7. Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation ‘V. Papandoniou’, Greece, 1981 
    8. Peter Schirmbeck 

    9. Stockholm Music Museum, Sweden, 1981
    10. Peter Schirmbeck 

    11. The Museum of Framing and Crafts of Calabria, Italy, 1984 
    12. Peter Schirmbeck

    13. Quarry Bank Mill, United Kingdom, 1984 
    14. Peter Schirmbeck 

    15. Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre, Finland, 1990 
    16. Wim van der Weiden 

    17. The Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia, Cyprus, 1991 
    18. Wim van der Weiden 

    19. The Vasa Museum, Sweden, 1992  
    20. Ann Nicholls 

    21. Alta Museum, Norway, 1993
    22. Ann Nicholls 

    23. Museum of the Romanian Peasant, Romania, 1996 
    24. J. Patrick Greene 

    25. The Conservation Centre (National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside), United Kingdom, 1998 
    26. Wim van der Weiden 

    27. Krasnoyarsk Museum Centre, Russia, 1998 
    28. J. Patrick Greene 

    29. Guggenheim Museum, Spain, 2000    
    30. Maritta Pitkänen 

    31. In Flanders Fields Museum, Belgium, 2000 
    32. J. Patrick Greene 

    33. The Chester Beatty Library, Ireland, 2002
    34. Wim van der Weiden 

    35. The British Galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum, United Kingdom, 2003 
    36. Massimo Negri  

    37. MARQ Archaeological Museum of Alicante, Spain, 2004 
    38. Massimo Negri  

    39. La Piscine, André Diligent Art and Industrial Museum, France, 2004 
    40. Wim van der Weiden 

    41. Open-Air Museum, The Netherlands, 2005
    42. Mikhail Gnedovsky 

    43. German Emigration Centre, Germany, 2007 
    44. Ann Nicholls 

    45. The Museum of Portimão, Portugal, 2010 
    46. Jouetta van der Ploeg  

    47. Museum of Broken Relationships, Croatia, 2011 
    48. Sirje Helme  

    49. Tampere 1918 – Museum of Finnish Civil War, Finland, 2011 
    50. Mikhail Gnedovsky 

    51. Madinat al-Zahra Museum, Spain, 2012  
    52. Jette Sandahl

    53. Glasnevin Museum, Ireland, 2012   
    54. Jouetta van der Ploeg  

    55. The Archaeological Museum of Ioannina, Greece, 2012 
    56. Michael Ryan 

    57. Museum of Liverpool, United Kingdom, 2013 
    58. José Gameiro 

    59. National Maritime Museum, The Netherlands, 2013 
    60. Jahangir Selimkhanov 

    61. Museum of Innocence, Turkey, 2014   
    62. Jette Sandahl 

    63. The Baksi Museum, Turkey, 2014 
    64. Jette Sandahl 

    65. Žanis Lipke Memorial, Latvia, 2014 
    66. Mikhail Gnedovsky 

    67. The Rijksmuseum, The Netherlands, 2015 
    68. Michael Ryan 

    69. MuCEM - Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations, France, 2015 
    70. José Gameiro 

    71. The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, Switzerland, 2015 
    72. Jahangir Selimkhanov 

    73. The Mary Rose Museum, United Kingdom, 2015 
    74. Michael Ryan 

    75. Sasso San Gottardo Museum, Switzerland, 2015  
    76. Jahangir Selimkhanov 

    77. European Solidarity Centre, Poland, 2016
    78. Jette Sandahl   

    79. Odderøya Museum Harbour, Norway, 2016
    80. Jahangir Selimkhanov 

    81. Benfica FC Museum and FC Porto Museum, Portugal, 2016 
    82. Jahangir Selimkhanov 

    83. Yaroslavl Art Museum, Russia, 2016 
    84. Michael Ryan 

    85. Mémorial ACTe, Caribbean Centre of Expressions and Memory of the Slave Trade and Slavery, France, 2017    
    86. Jette Sandahl 

    87. Museum of the First President of Russia Boris Yeltsin, Russia, 2017 
    88. Jahangir Selimkhanov 

    89. The Old Town Museum, Denmark, 2017 
    90. Jouetta van der Ploeg 

    91. Museum of Confluences, France, 2017 
    92. Karmele Barandiaran

    93. The Silesian Museum, Poland, 2017 
    94. Marlen Mouliou 

    95. Marubi National Museum of Photography, Albania, 2017 
    96. Marlen Mouliou 

    97. War Childhood Museum, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2018 
    98. Marlen Mouliou 

    99. Rijksmuseum Boerhaave, The Netherlands, 2019

    Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

    Part 3 European Museum of the Year Awards 1977-2019

    List of Contributors


    Mark O’Neill is an independent researcher and consultant and former Head of Glasgow Museums; Chair of the European Museum of the Year Jury; Associate Professor, College of Arts, Glasgow University; Research Fellow, Museum Studies, Leicester University; and Adviser, Event Communications, London.

    Jette Sandahl has been the founding director for two pioneering new museums, the Women’s Museum of Denmark and the Museum of World Cultures in Sweden. She has served as Director of Exhibitions and Public Programmes at the National Museum of Denmark, and as Director Experience at National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Most recently, she was director of the Museum of Copenhagen, Denmark. She is Chair of the European Museum Forum, which oversees the European Museum of the Year Award.

    Marlen Mouliou is Assistant Professor of Museology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens-NKUA. From 2010 to 2016, she served as Secretary and Chair of the International Committee for the Collections and Activities of Museums of Cities (ICOM-CAMOC). Since 2016, she has been Member of the Panel of Judges for the European Museum of the Year Award and Vice-Chair of the European Academic Heritage Network (UNIVERSEUM).