International Museum Day 2018

Friday 18th May is International Museum Day! 

International Museum Day is run by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). Thousands of museums across the globe host events and take part in activities to raise awareness of the importance of museums and their integral role in the development of society. This year, the theme is 'Hyperconnected Museums: New approaches, New Publics'.

To celebrate International Museum Day, we've put together a collection of our key Museum Studies titles. Browse the collection below, and use the tabs on the left to explore the latest series in Museum Studies.

ICOM Titles

  • The Future of Natural History Museums

    1st Edition

    Edited by Eric Dorfman

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-10-10
    Routledge
    ICOM Advances in Museum Research

  • Museums, Ethics and Cultural Heritage

    1st Edition

    Edited by ICOM

    This volume provides an unparalleled exploration of ethics and museum practice, considering the controversies and debates which surround key issues such as provenance, ownership, cultural identity, environmental sustainability and social engagement. Using a variety of case studies which reflect the…

    Paperback – 2016-06-20
    Routledge

Featured Books

  • The Future of Museum and Gallery Design

    Purpose, Process, Perception, 1st Edition

    Edited by Suzanne MacLeod, Tricia Austin, Jonathan Hale, Oscar Ho Hing-Kay

    The Future of Museum and Gallery Design explores new research and practice in museum design. Placing a specific emphasis on social responsibility, in its broadest sense, the book emphasises the need for a greater understanding of the impact of museum design in the experiences of visitors, in the…

    Paperback – 2018-07-02
    Routledge
    Museum Meanings

  • Museum Thresholds

    The Design and Media of Arrival, 1st Edition

    Edited by Ross Parry, Ruth Page, Alex Moseley

    Museum Thresholds is a progressive, interdisciplinary volume and the first to explore the importance and potential of entrance spaces for visitor experience. Bringing together an international collection of writers from different disciplines, the chapters in this volume offer different theoretical…

    Hardback – 2018-05-18
    Routledge
    Routledge Research in Museum Studies

  • Museums and Racism

    1st Edition

    By Kylie Message

    Racism is a hot topic in museums today, as well as an urgent social issue. Focused on the broad field of multicultural policy, Museums and Racism examines how the Immigration Museum in Melbourne, Australia, has responded to political culture and public debate around racism. Analysis focuses on the…

    Hardback – 2018-05-15
    Routledge
    Museums in Focus

  • Museum Basics

    The International Handbook, 4th Edition

    By Timothy Ambrose, Crispin Paine

    This fourth edition of Museum Basics has been produced for use in the many museums worldwide that operate with few professional staff and limited resources. The fourth edition has been fully updated to reflect the many changes that have taken place in museums around the world over the last six…

    Paperback – 2018-03-20
    Routledge
    Heritage: Care-Preservation-Management

  • Museums Involving Communities

    Authentic Connections, 1st Edition

    By Margaret Kadoyama

    Museums Involving Communities: Authentic Connections explores how museums can become more active and also considers how they might involve members of their local communities in their everyday work. Examining the key components of the museum–community relationship, this book…

    Paperback – 2018-02-12
    Routledge

  • Museum and Gallery Studies

    The Basics, 1st Edition

    By Rhiannon Mason, Alistair Robinson, Emma Coffield

    Museum and Gallery Studies: The Basics is an accessible guide for the student approaching Museum and Gallery Studies for the first time. Taking a global view, it covers the key ideas, approaches and contentious issues in the field. Balancing theory and practice, the book address important questions…

    Paperback – 2017-12-01
    Routledge
    The Basics

  • Active Collections

    1st Edition

    Edited by Elizabeth Wood, Rainey Tisdale, Trevor Jones

    In recent years, many museums have implemented sweeping changes in how they engage audiences. However, changes to the field’s approaches to collections stewardship have come much more slowly. Active Collections critically examines existing approaches to museum collections and explores practical,…

    Paperback – 2017-11-07
    Routledge

  • Museums, Power, Knowledge

    Selected Essays, 1st Edition

    By Tony Bennett

    Few perspectives have invigorated the development of critical museum studies over the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries as much as Foucault’s account of the relations between knowledge and power and their role in processes of governing. Within this literature, Tony Bennett’s work…

    Paperback – 2017-11-03
    Routledge

  • Museum Learning

    Theory and Research as Tools for Enhancing Practice, 1st Edition

    By Jill Hohenstein, Theano Moussouri

    As museums are increasingly asked to demonstrate not only their cultural, but also their educational and social significance, the means to understand how museum visitors learn becomes ever more important. And yet, learning can be conceptualised and investigated in many ways. Coming to terms with…

    Paperback – 2017-10-17
    Routledge

  • The Disobedient Museum

    Writing at the Edge, 1st Edition

    By Kylie Message

    The Disobedient Museum: Writing at the Edge aims to motivate disciplinary thinking to reimagine writing about museums as an activity where resistant forms of thinking, seeing, feeling, and acting can be produced, and to theorize this process as a form of protest against disciplinary…

    Hardback – 2017-10-03
    Routledge
    Museums in Focus

  • Women in the Museum

    Lessons from the Workplace, 1st Edition

    By Joan H. Baldwin, Anne W. Ackerson

    The number of women working in museum settings has grown exponentially since the start of the twentieth century. Women in the Museum explores the professional lives of the sector’s female workforce today and examines the challenges they face working in what was, until recently, a male-dominated…

    Paperback – 2017-06-20
    Routledge

  • Museums, Moralities and Human Rights

    1st Edition

    By Richard Sandell

    This book explores how museums, galleries and heritage sites of all kinds, through the narratives they construct and publicly present, can shape the moral and political climate within which human rights are experienced. Through a series of richly-drawn cases, which focus on gender diversity and…

    Paperback – 2016-12-15
    Routledge
    Museum Meanings

  • Anarchist's Guide to Historic House Museums

    1st Edition

    By Franklin D Vagnone, Deborah E Ryan

    In these days of an aging traditional audience, shrinking attendance, tightened budgets, increased competition, and exponential growth in new types of communication methods, America’s house museums need to take bold steps and expand their overall purpose beyond those of the traditional museum. They…

    Paperback – 2016-11-28
    Routledge

  • Creating the Visitor-centered Museum

    1st Edition

    By Peter Samis, Mimi Michaelson

    What does the transformation to a visitor-centered approach do for a museum? How are museums made relevant to a broad range of visitors of varying ages, identities, and social classes? Does appealing to a larger audience force museums to “dumb down” their work? What internal changes are required?…

    Paperback – 2016-11-28
    Routledge

  • Museums without Borders

    Selected Writings of Robert R. Janes, 1st Edition

    By Robert R. Janes

    Drawing together nearly 40 years of experience, Museums without Borders presents the key works of one of the most respected practitioners and scholars in the field. Through these selected writings, Robert R. Janes demonstrates that museums have a broader role to play in society than is…

    Paperback – 2015-12-08
    Routledge

  • Museums, Equality and Social Justice

    1st Edition

    Edited by Richard Sandell, Eithne Nightingale

    The last two decades have seen concerns for equality, diversity, social justice and human rights move from the margins of museum thinking and practice, to the core. The arguments – both moral and pragmatic – for engaging diverse audiences, creating the conditions for more equitable access to museum…

    Paperback – 2012-04-23
    Routledge
    Museum Meanings

Robert R. Janes

Find out more about Robert R. Janes, founder of the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice and winner of the Director's Chair Award 2017, by clicking the button below. You can also watch Museums and the Climate Challenge, the first in a three-part video series, and download Robert's chapter in Active Collections for free!

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International Council of Museums

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