"Academic museums have proliferated over the past fifty years and yet they are often misunderstood, even neglected by their primary constituency - the students and faculty of their host universities or colleges. They provide opportunities for research, education, and inspiration, at the very least. This book is a vital resource for anyone working in or concerned about such museums. It will become the standard text for generations to come." James Cuno, President & CEO, The J. Paul Getty Trust. "In an age of visitor participation and interdisciplinary engagement, academic museums play an increasingly crucial role in the museum field, and the essays contained in this book provide a roadmap that will help these cultural institutions to navigate the future and fulfil and broaden their teaching missions." Michael R Taylor, Director, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College. "Academic museums reflect and profit from the research institutions which host and nurture them. But more than that, they are a means through which the academy can engage with the community, both local and national, to allow the wider society to gain access to knowledge of all kinds about the natural and man-made world. This book demonstrates how this is made possible." Kate Pretty, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge.
Installing Exhibitions is an invaluable guide for all students, artists, makers and craftspeople - anyone in fact who exhibits or displays their own work, or the work of others.
Britain, the British Empire, and the World at the Great Exhibition addresses the global, international and imperial characteristics of the Crystal Palace Exhibition in 1851. This collection of essays considers how and why the Exhibition was significant both for its British hosts and their relationships to the wider world, and for participants from around the world. How did the Exhibition connect London, England, important British colonies, and the series of significant participating nation-states, such as Russia, Greece, Germany and the Ottoman Empire? How might we think about exhibits, visitors and organizers in light of what the Exhibition suggested about Britain's place in the global community?Contributors from various academic disciplines answer those and other questions by focusing on the many exhibits, publications, visitors and organizers in Britain and abroad. 'England, Exhibitions, and Empire', the first section of the volume, includes articles on globalization and the Exhibition, how the Exhibition connected race, class and social reform, and case-studies of Australian, Irish and New Zealand exhibits and participants. 'Europe, the Orient, and the Spaces in Between', the second part of the book, considers the importance of the Exhibition for Russia, the German States, Greece, and the Ottoman Empire and China. As with the colonies, each of these nation-states participated for a variety of reasons to differing degrees of effectiveness, but that participation suggests crucial developments in their national histories and their relationships with Great Britain.These essays expand the understanding of the meanings, roles and legacies of the Great Exhibition for British society and the wider world, as well as the ways that that pivotal event shaped Britain's and other participating nation's understandings of and place in that nineteenth-century world. Unlike other publications, this one emphasizes nationalism and internationalism, domestic and foreign issues.