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Ecomuseum Performance in Piemonte and Liguria, Italy: The Significance of Capital

Lookup NU author(s): Gerard Corsane, Emeritus Professor Peter Davis


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Research carried out by the authors in northern Italy (see Corsane et al., 'Ecomuseum Evaluation: Experiences in Piemonte and Liguria, Italy', International Journal of Heritage Studies 13, no. 2 (2007): 101-16) was designed to assess how closely selected ecomuseums met the demands of ecomuseum theory. However, the discussions with ecomuseum personnel at five sites in Piemonte and Liguria also provided an opportunity to explore how these community-based heritage projects measure their 'success'. This research indicates that the methods of performance evaluation that are applied to most national or regional museums—criteria such as visitor numbers, the number of new collections that have been acquired, or number of educational activities delivered—have less meaning in an ecomuseum context. This work suggests that success could be measured more effectively in terms of the forms of capital that result from local people's use of ecomuseological methods to engage with and conserve their heritage.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Corsane G, Davis P, Elliott S, Maggi M, Murtas D, Rogers S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Heritage Studies

Year: 2007

Volume: 13

Issue: 3

Pages: 224-239

ISSN (print): 1352-7258

ISSN (electronic): 1470-3610

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/13527250701228148


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