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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.

Learning from Indigenous curatorship

In this blog I am going to talk about my co-authored chapter in the new book which came out at the beginning of this year. As you will have seen from the previous blog, Curatopia: Museums and the future of … Continue reading

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Curatopia: A new book on the future of curating

Whew what a year – thank goodness 2018 is behind us. Heres one of the reason’s why I needed a break at Xmas. My latest book, co-edited with Philipp Schorch, was launched in December in London and Leipzig. This large … Continue reading

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A new book for a new year: The history of Te Papa

In February 2018, NZ’s national museum will celebrate its 20th anniversary. The most visited museum in Australasia, The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Te Papa) is well known around the world for its innovative approach to audience engagement, … Continue reading

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New book: Collecting, ordering, governing

As you have not heard from me for a while, you may have wondered what I have been doing. In a word: writing. This year, I have had two books out, and I am now busy finishing three more which … Continue reading

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Chapter 26 & 27: Afterwords by Eithne Nightingale and Anthony Alan Shelton

Lastly, two experienced scholar professionals round off Museum Practice in their afterwords: Anthony A. Shelton, Director of the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Coumbia in Vancouver, and Eithne Nightingale, a writer, artist and consultant who worked in … Continue reading

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Chapter 25: Digital heritage, by Shannon Wellinton and Gillian Oliver

Chapter 25 tackles the digital: one of the most fast changing and powerful areas of modern society, which, despite its profound impact on museums and other “memory institutions,” is not dealt with adequately within the literature of museum studies, although … Continue reading

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Chap 24: ‘Learning, education and public programmes in museums and art galleries,’ by John Reeve and Vicky Woollard

In my latest book Museum Practice, which was published by Wiley Blackwell last year, the final section includes chapters dealing with the public face of the contemporary museum at work. Chapter 24 grapples with a central dimension of museum practice, namely … Continue reading

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