Curating Empire: Museums and the British imperial experience by Sarah LongairCurating Empire: Museums and the British imperial experience by Sarah Longair

Curating Empire: Museums and the British imperial experience

EditorSarah Longair, John Mcaleer

Hardcover | October 1, 2012

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Curating empire explores the diverse roles played by museums and their curators in moulding and representing the British imperial experience.The establishment of museums throughout the British Empire is increasingly recognised as part of the context of imperialism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, both practically and symbolically. Focusing on a range of curators and museums, this collection demonstrates how individuals, theircuratorial practices, and intellectual and political agendas influenced the direction of their institutions, the interpretation of material, and the experiences of audiences in a variety of museums across the globe. Taken together, these contributions suggest that museums are not just sites foraccessing history but need to be considered as historical sites of significance in themselves.Individual essays examine the work of curators in museums in Britain and the colonies, the historical display and interpretation of empire in Britain, and the establishment of "museum networks" in the British imperial context. Important themes emerge across the collection, including museums andtheir meanings in the colonial context; the role of objects and display in the formation of British and colonial identities; museum networks and the movement of objects and ideas in the British Empire. Curating empire sheds new light on the relationship between museums, as repositories for objectsand cultural institutions for conveying knowledge, and the politics of culture and the formation of identities throughout the British Empire. Curating empire will be essential reading for scholars and students interested in British history, the history of empire, art history, and the history ofmuseums and collecting.
Sarah Longair is Education Manager at the British Museum and was awarded her PhD from Birkbeck, University of London in 2012. John McAleer is Curator of Imperial and Maritime History at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
Title:Curating Empire: Museums and the British imperial experienceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.29 × 6.3 × 0.98 inPublished:October 1, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0719085071

ISBN - 13:9780719085079


Table of Contents

General editor's introductionIntroduction: Curating empire: Museums and the British imperial experience – Sarah Longair and John McAleer1. The case of Thomas Baines, curator-explorer extraordinaire, and the display of Africa in nineteenth-century Norfolk –John McAleer2. Visiting the Empire at the provincial museum, 1900–50 – Claire Wintle3. Carving out a place in the Better Britain of the South Pacific: Maori in New Zealand museums and exhibitions – Conal McCarthy4. Curiosities or science in the National Museum of Victoria: Procurement networks and the purpose of a museum – Gareth Knapman5. Narrative as history, image as memory: Exhibiting the Great War in Australia, 1917–41–Jennifer Wellington6. 'The lady curator's style': Negotiating curatorial challenges in the Zanzibar Museum –Sarah Longair7. A Museum for Sierra Leone? Amateur enthusiasms and colonial museum policy in British West Africa – Paul Basu8. Edgar Thurston at the Madras Museum (1885–1909): The multiple careers of a colonial museum curator – Savithri Preetha Nair9. Sir William Gregory and the origins and foundation of the Colombo Museum – Philip McEvansoneya10. Tipu's Tiger and images of India in British museums, 1799–2009 – Sadiah Qureshi Afterword: Objects, empire and museums – Sarah Longair and John McAleerIndex