Cabinets for the Curious: Looking Back at Early English Museums

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2006 - 297 oldal
The last few years has, within museums, witnessed nothing short of a revolution. Worried that the very institution was itself in danger of becoming a dusty, forgotten, culturally irrelevant exhibit, vigorous efforts have been made to reshape the museum mission. Fearing that history was coming to be ignored by modern society, many institutions have instead marketed a de-intellectualised heritage, overly relying on computer technology to captivate a contemporary audience. The theme of this work is that we can do much to reassess the rationale that inspires contemporary collections through a study of seventeenth century museums. England's first museums were quite literally wonderful; founded that is on the disciplined application of the faculty of wonder. The type of wonder employed was not that post-Romantic idea of disbelief, but rather an active form of curiosity developed during the Renaissance, ...
 

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Museums Arrive in England
13
Robert Plots Philosophical Histories
45
Learned Treasures
65
Telling Stories in Museums
87
Trade and Travel
109
Medicinal Chemistry
135
Using Museums
165
The Reform of Learning
187
Classifying Gods Work
211
Ordering Museums
235
The Wonder of Museums
251
Index
285
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Dr Ken Arnold is Head of Public Programmes for The Wellcome Trust, London, UK

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