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Fragments of the World: Uses of Museum Collections

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During the past decade a number of individual museums have found imaginative ways of using their collections and of making them accessible. However, museum collections as a whole are enormous in size and quantity and the question of how can they can be put to best use is ever present. When conventional exhibitions can only ever utilise a tiny proportion of them, what other ...more
Paperback, 198 pages
Published August 22nd 2005 by Routledge (first published January 1st 2005)
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Teresa Mayfield
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book came to me at just the right time. The need to address the cost of maintaining a collection against its usefulness to the institution and society in general has been much in my thoughts and this book helped me to see that I am not the only one thinking about it. Ms. Keene covers all of the bases: What good is this stuff? Who does it belong to? How well should it be cared for? Who cares about it and why? Who should pay for its care? Who gets to use it? Should we add to it, keep it in st ...more
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Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An excellent read into dealing with the rapidly burgeoning collections in museums. Keene explains some current trends among museums in getting collections out to the public, as well as proposing some new ideas that haven't been implemented quite yet. Great book to be recommended for museum studies students.
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Nov 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, museums
Good background on museums, collections, museum-based education, etc. Really only for museum studies students, or those (like me) who work with museum and research collections.
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