International Museum Day 2019

Saturday 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 'Museums as Cultural Hubs: the Future of Tradition'.

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

    1st Edition

    Edited by Bruce A Campbell, Christian Baars

    Museum curators enter the profession with a specialist subject qualification and yet at some point in their career, many curators find themselves in charge of a range of collections outside of their expert knowledge. Interpreting, curating and caring for mixed collections demands of curators a wide…

    Paperback – 2019-03-25
    Routledge

  • Curatorial Challenges

    Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Contemporary Curating, 1st Edition

    Edited by Malene Vest Hansen, Anne Folke Henningsen, Anne Gregersen

    Curatorial Challenges investigates the challenges faced by curators in contemporary society and explores which practices, ways of thinking, and types of knowledge production curating exhibitions could challenge. Bringing together international curators and researchers from the fields of art and…

    Hardback – 2019-03-19
    Routledge
    Routledge Research in Art Museums and Exhibitions

  • Invisible Search and Online Search Engines

    The Ubiquity of Search in Everyday Life, 1st Edition

    By Jutta Haider, Olof Sundin

    Invisible Search and Online Search Engines considers the use of search engines in contemporary everyday life and the challenges this poses for media and information literacy. Looking for mediated information is mostly done online and arbitrated by the various tools and devices that people carry…

    Paperback – 2019-03-14
    Routledge

  • Museum Activism

    1st Edition

    Edited by Robert R. Janes, Richard Sandell

    Only a decade ago, the notion that museums, galleries and heritage organisations might engage in activist practice, with explicit intent to act upon inequalities, injustices and environmental crises, was met with scepticism and often derision. Seeking to purposefully bring about social change was…

    Paperback – 2019-01-18
    Routledge
    Museum Meanings

  • Museums as Cultures of Copies

    The Crafting of Artefacts and Authenticity, 1st Edition

    Edited by Brita Brenna, Hans Dam Christensen, Olav Hamran

    Few institutions are warier of copies than museums. Few fields of knowledge are more prone to denounce copies as fake than the heritage field. Few discourses are as concerned with authenticity, aura, originals and provenance as those concerning exhibiting and collecting. So why is it that these are…

    Hardback – 2018-12-21
    Routledge
    Routledge Research in Museum Studies

  • The Routledge Handbook of Museums, Media and Communication

    1st Edition

    Edited by Kirsten Drotner, Vince Dziekan, Ross Parry, Kim Christian Schrøder

    Museums today find themselves within a mediatised society, where everyday life is conducted in a data-full and technology-rich context. In fact, museums are themselves mediatised: they present a uniquely media-centred environment, in which communicative media is a constitutive property of their…

    Hardback – 2018-11-09
    Routledge
    Routledge International Handbooks

  • Cultural Heritage, Ethics and Contemporary Migrations

    1st Edition

    Edited by Cornelius Holtorf, Andreas Pantazatos, Geoffrey Scarre

    Cultural Heritage, Ethics and Contemporary Migrations breaks new ground in our understanding of the challenges faced by heritage practitioners and researchers in the contemporary world of mass migration, where people encounter new cultural heritage and relocate their own. It focuses particularly on…

    Paperback – 2018-10-17
    Routledge

  • The Contemporary Museum

    Shaping Museums for the Global Now, 1st Edition

    Edited by Simon Knell

    The Contemporary Museum issues a challenge to those who view the museum as an artefact of history, constrained in its outlook as much by professional, institutional and disciplinary creed, as by the collections it accumulated in the distant past. Denying that the museum can locate its purpose in…

    Paperback – 2018-08-29
    Routledge

  • Public Art and Museums in Cultural Districts

    1st Edition

    By J. Pedro Lorente

    Museums and public art have traditionally taken significantly different approaches to customer engagement, but throughout history they have also worked together in some urban contexts, notably as landmarks of so-called cultural districts. Public Art and Museums in Cultural Districts reviews their…

    Hardback – 2018-08-22
    Routledge
    Routledge Research in Museum Studies

  • Academics, Artists, and Museums

    21st-Century Partnerships, 1st Edition

    Edited by Irina D. Costache, Clare Kunny

    Collaboration and interdisciplinary practice in the museum are on the rise. Academics, Artists, and Museums examines twenty-first century partnerships between the museum and higher education sectors, with a focus on art museums and exhibits. The edited volume offers detailed analysis of how…

    Hardback – 2018-07-09
    Routledge
    Routledge Research in Museum Studies

  • Object Lessons and Early Learning

    1st Edition

    By Sharon E. Shaffer

    The twenty-first century is a time of change for early learning in museums, due in part to society's evolving view of childhood, from an age of innocence to understanding the robust learning that defines the first years of life. This perspective is a catalyst for international conversation and…

    Paperback – 2018-07-06
    Routledge

  • 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

Q&A Session with Kylie Message

Museums and Racism

We are pleased to present our Q&A session with Kylie Message about her recent book Museums and Racism. Kylie is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research investigates the role that museums play as sites of cultural and political exchange. Her new book series, 'Museums In Focus', challenges authors and readers to radically rethink the relationships between cultural and intellectual dissent and crisis and debates about museums, politics and the broader public sphere. 

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