Monthly Archives: January 2015

Museum Practice Chap 13: ‘Conservation theory and practice: Materials, values, and people in heritage conservation,’ by Dean Sully

I have been profiling my new book Museum Practice in recent months on this blog. In this post I outline the last chapter in section two. In this chapter, Dean Sully provides an overview of conservation theory and practice, the central … Continue reading

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Chap 12: ‘Managing collections or managing content? The evolution of museum collections management systems,’ by Malcolm Chapman

In chapter 14 of Museum Practice, Malcolm Chapman considers CMS or collections management systems which have become such an important and indeed ubiquitous feature of museums today with the advent of digital technologies. Tracing their evolution over the last few decades, and … Continue reading

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Chap 11: ‘The future of collecting in disciplinary museums: Interpretive, thematic, relational,’ by Nick Merriman

In my new book Museum Practice, Section two: Resources deals with collections.  In chap 11, another contributor turns to the problem of active collecting itself, which he points out has almost disappeared in many ‘disciplinary’ museums in the UK except … Continue reading

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Chap 10: ‘Collection care and management: History, theory and practice,’ by John E. Simmons

For most people, collections are synonomous with museums, but collection management has not received the attention it deserves in museum studies texts. In my new edited collection Museum Practice there is a chapter on collection management and care, still a … Continue reading

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Chap 9: ‘From idiosyncratic to integrated: Strategic planning for collections,’ by James Gardner

In my new book Museum Practice, the rest of the chapters in Section two: Resources consider collections and collecting, collection care and management, and collection planning and conservation. In chapter nine, James Gardner faces squarely a central problem with collections … Continue reading

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Chap 8: ‘Tate and BP—Oil and gas as the new tobacco: Arts sponsorship, branding and marketing,’ by Derrick Chong

In the next chapter in my new book Museum Practice, Derrick Chong discusses tricky issues to do with arts sponsorship, branding and marketing, and poses a provocative question with reference to a case study of Tate and BP: is oil … Continue reading

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Chap 7: ‘Balancing mission and money: Issues in museum economics,’ by Ted Silberberg and Gail Dexter Lord

In my new edited collection Museum Practice the second section of the book focuses on ‘Resources.’ This can be understood as the ‘stuff’ that museums contain, whether it is the objects at the heart of collecting institutions or the curators … Continue reading

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