Challenging History in the Museum: International by Jenny Kidd

By Jenny Kidd

Hard background within the Museum explores paintings with tricky, contested and delicate heritages in a number museum contexts. it really is in keeping with the tough historical past undertaking, which brings jointly a variety of historical past execs, practitioners and teachers to discover historical past and museum studying programmes with regards to tough and debatable topics. The e-book is split into 4 sections. half I, ’The Emotional Museum’ examines the stability among empathic and emotional engagement and an aim, rational realizing of ’history’. half II, ’Challenging Collaborations’ explores the possibilities and pitfalls linked to collective, inclusive representations of our historical past. half III, ’Ethics, possession, id’ questions who's best-qualified to spot, signify and ’own’ those histories. It demanding situations the concept that of possession and private identity as a prerequisite to realizing, and investigates the guidelines and controversies surrounding this premise. half IV, ’Teaching not easy background’ is helping us to discover the ethics and complexities of the way demanding histories are taught. The ebook attracts on paintings nations all over the world together with Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, England, Germany, Japan, Northern eire, Norway, Scotland, South Africa, Spain and united states and crosses a couple of disciplines: Museum and historical past experiences, Cultural coverage reports, functionality reviews, Media reviews and significant idea stories. it's going to even be of curiosity to students of Cultural background and artwork historical past.

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Glenbow Museum 1999: 3) Building community pride was described by participants as an important part of sharing Blackfoot culture in the Glenbow exhibit. Glenbow curator Beth Carter explained: In terms of the sensitive issues that are historical, [the Elders] wanted to very clearly show those as only a blip in time, in their 10,000 years history. So really in the last 100 years they’ve had a lot of problems, but they have been around for 10,000 years, so it is really only that tiny bit at the end.

Hooper-Greenhill, E. 2007. Museums and Education: Purpose, Pedagogy, Performance. Abingdon: Routledge. Chapter 1 The Emotional Museum: The Case of National Museums Liverpool David Fleming A few years ago I made my first visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC. As I ascended in the elevator to reach the displays, I found myself in the company of a group of teenagers, of both sexes, laughing and making a lot of noise. I could do with getting away from this lot, I thought, as I am on something of a pilgrimage, and the last thing I need is a gang of giggling teenagers distracting me from the serious business of studying the Holocaust.

The children were helpless. They learned institutional behaviour – how to bully the young and weak. They learned to treat each other with contempt and violence. Residential schools created many dysfunctional people with low self-esteem, and these people in turn created a dysfunctional society. This process has been going on for five or six generations. It will take a long time to heal. (Glenbow Museum 2011) Like the exhibition and the toolkit, the accompanying book specifically addresses the hard truths of colonisation, as Lonetree recommended (2009: 334), but emphases the positive message of survival and reclaiming control: The residential schools were hateful places.

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