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MICROMUSEOLOGY: AN ANALYSIS OF SMALL INDEPENDENT MUSEUMS. Fiona Candlin. Bloomsbury Academic, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, 2015. Copyright 2016. 238 pp. with 60 ills. 24 x 16 cm. ISBN 9781474254953 In English.
Publisher's description: During the 1970s and 1980s, thousands of 'micromuseums' opened in the UK, Europe and North America. Small, independent and dedicated to single subjects such as Romany life, diesel engines or asparagus, they have transformed the sector but have had little impact on the study of museums, which has remained almost exclusively focused on major institutions. In Micromuseology, Fiona Candlin argues that researching the Bakelite Museum or the Museum of Witchcraft--instead of the Louvre or the British Museum--offers a radically new perspective to the dominant debates within museum studies. Based on extensive fieldwork covering over fifty micromuseums in Britain, Candlin shows that many of the preconceived notions of what museums are and how they operate simply do not apply. Examining issues such as display, curating, objects, museum architecture, subjective modes of interpretation, and the role and history of the museum, what emerges is a 'counter narrative' which demands a complete rethink of current museology. The first-ever book dedicated to the subject, Micromuseology is destined to transform the field of museum studies. Essential reading for students and researchers in museum studies, anthropology, material culture studies, and visual culture.dies, and visual culture.
Indexing: Western, Europe, International (Western Style) — Great Britain — Post-2000 — Several Media — Museum Studies
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 167597
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