Table of Contents


Grounding museum studies: Introducing practice

Conal McCarthy


Section one Priorities:

1. The essence of the museum: Mission, values, vision

David Fleming

2. Governance: Guiding the museum in trust

Barry Lord

3. Policies, frameworks and legislation: The conditions under which English museums operate

Sara Selwood and Stuart Davies

4. Reconceptualising museum ethics for the 21st century: A view from the field

Janet Marstine, Jocelyn Dodd and Ceri Jones

5. Museum measurement: Questions of value

Carol Scott

6. Building an audience for the 21st century museum

Graham Black

Section two Resources:

7. Balancing mission and money: Issues in museum economics

Ted Silberberg and Gail Dexter Lord

8. Tate and BP—Oil and gas as the new tobacco: Arts sponsorship, branding and marketing

Derrick Chong

9. From idiosyncratic to integrated: Strategic planning for collections

Jim Gardner

10. Collection care and management: History, theory and practice

John E. Simmons

11. The future of collecting in disciplinary museums: Interpretive, thematic, relational

Nick Merriman

12. Managing collections or managing content? The evolution of museum collections management systems

Malcolm Chapman

13. Conservation theory and practice: Materials, values, and people in heritage conservation

Dean Sully

Section three Processes:

14. From caring to creating: Curators change their spots

Ken Arnold

15. The pendulum swing: Examining the past, considering the present of curatorial theory

Halona Norton-Westbrook

16. Planning for success: Project management for museum exhibitions

David Dean

17. Museum exhibition tradecraft: Not an art, but an art to it

Dan Spock

18. Museum exhibition practice: Recent developments in permanent galleries

Linda Young with Anne Whitelaw and Rosemarie Bier de Haan

19. ‘You’re gonna make me lonesome when you go’: A critique of restitution and repatriation practices

Piotr Bienkowski

20. Rewards and frustrations: Repatriation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestral remains by the National Museum of Australia

Michael Pickering

Section four Publics:

21. The ‘active museum’: How concern with community transformed the museum

Elizabeth Crooke

22. Visitor studies: Towards a culture of reflective practice and critical museology for the visitor-centred museum

Lee Davidson

23. Translating incomprehension into understanding: A case for interpretation

Kerry Jimson

24. Learning, education and public programmes in museums and galleries

Vicky Woollard and John Reeve

25. Reviewing the digital heritage landscape

Shannon Wellington and Gillian Oliver


The continuing struggle for diversity and equality

Eithne Nightingale

Museum practice and mediation

Anthony Alan Shelton

About mccartco

Conal McCarthy is a former museum professional and academic who has published widely on museum history, theory and practice. He is the Director of the Museum and heritage studies programme at Victoria University of Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand.
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1 Response to Table of Contents

  1. Great to see this up and running and I look forward to the book next year!


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