Out now: The International Handbooks of Museum Studies

The International Handbooks of Museum Studies has now been published by Wiley Blackwell, including volume 2 Museum Practice which I have edited. The handbooks bring together original essays by a global team of experts to provide a state-of-the-art survey of the field of museum studies. It creates an authoritative, multi-volume reference, offering unprecedented depth of coverage and breadth of scholarship in this interdisciplinary field.

The International Handbooks of Museum Studies (Hardback)The series is accessibly structured into four thematic volumes exploring all aspects of museum theory, practice, media and controversies, and the impact of new technologies. The volumes include a treasure-trove of examples and original case studies to illuminate the various perspectives represented. It features original essays by an international team of contributors, including leading academics and practitioners, as well as up-and-coming names in the field. The handbooks provide an indispensable resource for the study of the development, roles, and significance of museums in contemporary society.

Volume 1 Museum Theory, edited by Andrea Witcomb and Kylie Message, showcases innovative theoretical formations that have defined museum studies and which point the way towards its future.

Volume 2 Museum Practice, edited by Conal McCarthy, addresses areas of museum work–especially those that have been neglected in the existing critical literature–in order to re-articulate and transcend the theory practice division.

Museum Practice Conal's cover

Volume 3 Museum Media, edited by Michelle Henning, focuses on the architecture and space of museums, including the diverse media of display.

Volume 4 Museum Transformations, edited by Ruth B. Phillips and Annie Coombes, addresses the social, cultural, political, and economic developments that are shaping and re-shaping museums.

When you buy the series the books arrive in their own box like this. They are beautifully designed and look great!



For more information, and details on how to buy this series or subscribe to the Wiley Online Library, see here:


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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