• Teaching, Language & Reference
      October 2016

      Visiting with the Ancestors

      Blackfoot Shirts in Museum Spaces

      by Laura Peers and Alison K. Brown

      In 2010, five magnificent Blackfoot shirts, now owned by the University of Oxford’s Pitt Rivers Museum, were brought to Alberta to be exhibited at the Glenbow Museum, in Calgary, and the Galt Museum, in Lethbridge. The shirts had not returned to Blackfoot territory since 1841, when officers of the Hudson’s Bay Company acquired them. The shirts were later transported to England, where they had remained ever since. Exhibiting the shirts at the museums was, however, only one part of the project undertaken by Laura Peers and Alison Brown. Prior to the installation of the exhibits, groups of Blackfoot people—hundreds altogether—participated in special “handling sessions,” in which they were able to touch the shirts and examine them up close. The shirts, some painted with mineral pigments and adorned with porcupine quillwork, others decorated with locks of human and horse hair, took the breath away of those who saw, smelled, and touched them. Long-dormant memories were awakened, and many of the participants described a powerful sense of connection and familiarity with the shirts, which still house the spirit of the ancestors who wore them. In the pages of this beautifully illustrated volume is the story of an effort to build a bridge between museums and source communities, in hopes of establishing stronger, more sustaining relationships between the two and spurring change in prevailing museum policies. Negotiating the tension between a museum’s institutional protocol and Blackfoot cultural protocol was challenging, but the experience described both by the authors and by Blackfoot contributors to the volume was transformative. Museums seek to preserve objects for posterity. This volume demonstrates that the emotional and spiritual power of objects does not vanish with the death of those who created them. For Blackfoot people today, these shirts are a living presence, one that evokes a sense of continuity and inspires pride in Blackfoot cultural heritage. To learn more about this publisher, click here: http://bit.ly/1ZT7e56

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      February 1999

      Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Teil I

      Ältere Zentralbehörden bis 1808/10 und Brandenburg-Preußisches Hausarchiv

      by Meta Kohnke, Bernd Braun, Manfred Jehle, Andreas Reinke

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      August 2000

      Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Teil II

      Sonderverwaltungen der Übergangszeit 1806-1815, Zentralbehörden ab 1808, Preußische Parlamente 1847-1933, Preußische Armee (bis 1866/1867), Provinzialüberlieferungen, Provinzial- und Lokalbehörden, Nichtstaatliche Provenienzen u. Archivische Sammlungen

      by Kurt Metschies, Waltraud Elstner, Bernhart Jähnig, Manfred Jehle, Meta Kohnke, Joachim Lehmann, Peter Letkemann, Stefan Lindemann, Johannes Valentin Schwarz, Reinhart Strecke

    • Museums & museology
      April 2012

      Museum Basics

      by Timothy Ambrose

      Museums throughout the world have common needs and face common challenges. Keeping up-to-date with new ideas and changing practice is challenging for small and medium-sized museums where time for reading and training is often restricted. This new edition of Museum Basics has therefore been produced for the many museums worldwide that operate with limited resources and few professional staff. The comprehensive training course provided within the book is also suitable for museum studies students who wish to gain a full understanding of work within a museum.Drawing from a wide range of practical experience, the authors provide a basic guide to all aspects of museum work, from audience development and education, through collections management and conservation, to museum organisation and forward planning. Organised on a modular basis with over 110 Units, Museum Basics can be used as a reference work to assist day-to-day museum management and as the key textbook in pre-service and in-service training programmes. It is designed to be supplemented by case studies, project work and group discussion.This third edition has been fully updated and extended to take account of the many changes that have occurred in the world of museums in the last five years. It includes over 100 new diagrams supporting the text, a glossary, sources of information and support as well as a select bibliography. Museum Basics is also now supported by its own companion website providing a wide range of additional resources for the reader.

    • Museums & museology

      Common Ground

      The Japanese American National Museum & the Culture of Collaborations

      by Akemi Kikumura-Yano (Editor) , Lane R Hirabayashi (Editor) , James A Hirabayashi (Editor)

      Los Angeles's Japanese American National Museum, established in 1992, remains the only museum in the United States expressly dedicated to sharing the story of Americans of Japanese ancestry. The National Museum is a unique institution that operates in collaboration with other institutions, museums, researchers, audiences, and funders. In this collection of seventeen essays, anthropologists, art historians, museum curators, writers, designers, and historians provide case studies exploring collaboration with community-oriented partners in order to document, interpret, and present their histories and experiences and provide a new understanding of what museums can and should be in the United States. Current scholarship in museum studies is generally limited to interpretations by scholars and curators. Common Ground brings descriptive data to the intellectual canon and illustrates how museum institutions must be transformed and recreated to suit the needs of the twenty-first century.

    • Museums & museology

      A Paradise Lost —The Imperial Garden Yuanming Yuan

      by Wang Rong Zu

      For foreign readers and researchers interested in Chinese garden architecture, the rise and fall of Yuanming Yuan and the history of the Qing dynasty First comprehensive study of the palatial garden complex in a Western language, amply illustrated with photographs and original drawings Written in an engaging style, Young-tsu Wong brings “the garden of perfect brightness” to life as he leads readers on a grand tour of its architecture and history

    • Museums & museology
      April 2010

      The Alderley Sandhills Project

      An archaeology of community life in (post-) industrial England

      by Eleanor Conlin Casella, Sarah K. Croucher

      How did the rise of consumer society impact the domestic lives of ordinary workers? Funded by English Heritage, this study offers the first book-length archaeology of a 17th through 20th century household site in Great Britain. Adopting a multi-disciplinary approach, the volume situates the results of traditional archaeological excavations within a broader spectrum of archival sources, family photographs and personal memories of former site residents to consider the dramatic influences of industrialization and subsequent de-industrialisation on the material world of a rural community in the North-West of England. Organised as a series of thematic chapters, the book emphasizes the social nature of household archaeology, drawing the reader from excavated artifacts into domestic spaces, historic events, community identities, and family memories. It will be of interest to a wide range of scholars and students, in addition to those interested in local history, archaeology, and family genealogies.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      June 2016

      Curating empire

      Museums and the British imperial experience

      by Sarah Longair, Andrew Thompson, John McAleer, John Mackenzie

      Curating empire explores the diverse roles played by museums and their curators in moulding and representing the British imperial experience. This collection demonstrates how individuals, their curatorial practices, and intellectual and political agendas influenced the development of a variety of museums across the globe. Taken together, these contributions suggest that museums are not just sites for accessing history but need to be considered as historical sites of significance in themselves. Individual essays examine the work of curators in museums in Britain and the colonies, the historical display and interpretation of empire in Britain, and the establishment of 'museum networks' in the British imperial context. Curating empire sheds new light on the relationship between museums, as repositories for objects and cultural institutions for conveying knowledge, and the politics of culture and the formation of identities throughout the British Empire. ;

    • Museums & museology
      November 2017

      Disturbing pasts

      Memories, controversies and creativity

      by Edited by Leon Wainwright

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      December 2017

      Sustainable art communities

      Contemporary creativity and policy in the transnational Caribbean

      by Leon Wainwright, Kitty Zijlmans

      This collection sets out a range of perspectives on the challenges that the Caribbean is facing today, showing how the arts hold a crucial role in forging a more sustainable Caribbean community. It forcefully attests to the view that visual art in particular has a specific contribution to make and that this in turn means striving to foster a sustainable arts community that can contend with an environment of uneven infrastructure, opportunity and public awareness. Spanning the scholarly, artistic and professional fields of arts and heritage, this book compares two of the Caribbean's key linguistic regions - the Anglophone and the Dutch - to address the themes of global-local relations, capital, patronage, morality, contestation, sustainability and knowledge exchange. The result is a milestone of collaboration from diverse global settings of the Caribbean and its diaspora, including Jamaica, the Bahamas, Barbados, Suriname, Curaçao, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany and the United States.

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