By Sharon Macdonald
What is going on at the back of closed doorways at museums? How are judgements approximately exhibitions made and who, or what, quite makes them? Why are definite gadgets and varieties of demonstrate selected while others are rejected, and what elements impression how museum exhibitions are produced and skilled? This e-book solutions those looking out questions via giving a privileged glance ‘behind the scenes’ on the technology Museum in London. via monitoring the background of a specific exhibition, Macdonald takes the reader into the realm of the museum curator and indicates in brilliant element how exhibitions are created and the way public tradition is produced. She unearths why exhibitions don't regularly replicate their makers’ unique intentions and why viewers take domestic specific interpretations. past this ‘local’ context, notwithstanding, the publication additionally offers extensive and far-reaching insights into how nationwide and worldwide political shifts impact the production of public wisdom via exhibitions
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The voluntary charges at the V&A led to a drop of about 30 per cent and also failed to raise much revenue, partly, perhaps, due to a counter-charges campaign which produced badges stating, ‘I didn’t pay at the V&A’. 4 million visitors were recorded at the Science Museum, a figure superseded only by the British Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. 35 After the introduction of charges at the Science Museum, however, the visitor figure for the NMSI – which the Science Museum delayed in producing – was down by 60 per cent.
53 Similar escalations in numbers of museums were occurring across much of western Europe, in the United States and Japan, and increasingly in much of the rest of the globe. For the established museums, of which the Science Museum was one, this rash of mostly independently run museums was both encouraging in that it suggested that ‘the museum idea’ had not become as passé and defunct as some had thought, and worrying in that the new museums posed a challenge to the established museum idea through their use of unfamiliar display strategies and in the capacity of many of them to attract visitors who might otherwise have attended the established museums.
Exhibition team members had to collect faxes from this, several floors and corridors – and sometimes a queue – away. 19. This term is from Latour (1987: 150) in his account of how to follow scientists and study ‘science in action’. 20. Boylan 1992 is the proceedings of this conference (complete with audience discussion) and gives a good sense of some of the debates under way at the time. It includes a contribution by the Director of the Science Museum, Neil Cossons, which provoked a good deal of debate (Cossons 1992).
Behind the Scenes at the Science Museum by Sharon Macdonald