Museum Provision and Professionalism (Leicester Readers in by Gaynor Kavanagh

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By Gaynor Kavanagh

Museums are public locations the place items, photos and stories are saved and shared. They exist in limitless kind and contradiction. they are often locations of significant pleasure and nice boredom, sharply insightful and hopelessly bland. Museums are something that the political weather and the mind's eye lets them be. No museums are an identical. The papers which make up this quantity provide considerable facts of the range of perspectives that exist approximately museums. additionally they display that museums and museum execs are relocating ahead with strength and conviction. This quantity could be priceless to scholars and museum pros and may galvanize them to think about museum provision and professionalism in all their kinds.

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No real context was presented and the whole display lacked vitality; it was rather amateurish in style. The primary black or Afro-Caribbean presence in the museum at that time was actually outside the main building, in an interior courtyard, where a performance of 2627 and All That took place. The title is a takeoff on a fanciful British history book 1066 and All That; 1627 is the date on which the first British settlers disembarked. The production is a private, profit-making one and a selfdescribed ‘historical celebration of Barbadian culture’.

There is, for example, a future cost-benefit of museums and CIPFA’S recent definitions of the concept of a ‘community asset’ is helpful. While measuring the benefits offered by museums may be very difficult, there does appear to be a real human need to have evidence of the past preserved. ) The ‘sense of need’ is demonstrated by the sheer level of use of and interest in museums (for example, when an attempt is made to close one); and visitor survey evidence which STUART DAVIES 37 consistently gives museums a high satisfaction rating among users, and even non-users, seems broadly in favour of their continuing existence.

This paper will explore the proposition that, assuming the necessity of modern management practices in response to environmental factors outside the control of museums, a serious reappraisal of the profession’s value system is needed. THE VALUE SYSTEM Why should the profession rethink its values? It may be argued that they have served it very well for over a century. Furthermore they have provided the stability which museums have needed when faced with a nearly continuous stream of external threats and environmental changes.

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