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Museums in the Modern World

CATS points
15
ECTS points
7.5
Level
Level 7
Module lead
Christopher Elmer
Academic year
2021-22

Module overview

This module examines the past, present and future of heritage communication. It will explore the ever-changing purposes and practices espoused by and employed by heritage bodies, including museums, with a primary but not exclusive focus on UK institutions. The broad contextual study of the heritage dynamic will encompass the development of heritage communication, public engagement with the past and the debates around authority, protection and control. This context will provide the background to more detailed case studies, including fieldtrips as well as practical activity linked to the construction of interpretive schemes. The theoretical frameworks which underpin the construction of such interpretive schemes will be examined as well as the shifting political, social and economic contexts which drive the delivery of heritage interpretation. Note, this module cannot be taken by students who have completed ARCH3017: Presenting the Past, and vice versa.

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