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Re-imagining the Museum: Beyond the Mausoleoum by Andrea Witcomb (2003) Routledge: London and New York

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Rhiannon MasonORCiD


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Andrea Witcomb's book makes a fresh and valuable contribution to current museum-studies literature. The book's strength is threefold. It lies in Witcomb's ability firstly to engage with current theoretical debates in the light of her own curatorial experiences, secondly to relate this to her own research within museums, and thirdly to present her findings in an extremely lucid and cogent fashion. The book is structured into six sections each of which addresses a different aspect of contemporary museums and recent changes in museum practice. At the same time, one of Witcomb's arguments is that these apparently recent changes are often overstated and that, in fact, many current developments have considerable precedent in museum history.

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Author(s): Mason R

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: H-Museum Network for Museum Professionals

Year: 2004

Pages: 1-3


Notes: This review was written for H-Museum.