Museums and the Shaping of Knowledge

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Routledge, Jan 23, 1992 - Business & Economics - 244 pages

Museums have been active in shaping knowledge over the last six hundred years. Yet what is their function within today's society? At the present time, when funding is becoming increasingly scarce, difficult questions are being asked about the justification of museums. Museums and the Shaping of Knowledge presents a critical survey of major changes in current assumptions about the nature of museums. Through the examination of case studies, Eilean Hooper-Greenhill reveals a variety of different roles for museums in the production and shaping of knowledge. Today, museums are once again organising their spaces and collections to present themselves as environments for experimental and self-directed learning.

 

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Contents

1 What Is a Museum?
1
2 The First Museum of Europe?
23
3 The Palace of the Prince
47
4 The Irrational Cabinet
78
5 The Cabinet of the World
105
6 The Repository of the Royal Society
133
7 The Disciplinary Museum
167
8 A Useful Past for the Present
191
Bibliography
216
Index
229
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