Natural History Dioramas: History, Construction and Educational Role by Sue Dale TunnicliffeNatural History Dioramas: History, Construction and Educational Role by Sue Dale Tunnicliffe

Natural History Dioramas: History, Construction and Educational Role

bySue Dale TunnicliffeEditorAnnette Scheersoi

Hardcover | December 15, 2014

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This book brings together in a unique perspective aspects of natural history dioramas, their history, construction and rationale, interpretation and educational importance, from a number of different countries, from the west coast of the USA, across Europe to China. It describes the journey of dioramas from their inception through development to visions of their future. A complementary journey is that of visitors and their individual sense making and construction of their understanding from their own starting points, often interacting with others (e.g. teachers, peers, parents) as well as media (e.g. labels). Dioramas have been, hitherto, a rather neglected area of museum exhibits but a renaissance is beginning for them and their educational importance in contributing to people's understanding of the natural world. This volume showcases how dioramas can reach a wide audience and increase access to biological knowledge.
Title:Natural History Dioramas: History, Construction and Educational RoleFormat:HardcoverDimensions:289 pagesPublished:December 15, 2014Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9401794952

ISBN - 13:9789401794954


Table of Contents

Introduction, Sue Dale Tunnicliffe, London (UK) & Annette Scheersoi, Bonn (D).- I. History and Features of Natural History Dioramas.- I.1 History of Dioramas, Claudia Kamcke, Braunschweig, & Rainer Hutterer, Bonn (D).- I.2 Dioramas as historical documents, Rainer Hutterer, Bonn (D).- I.3 A window on the world - wildlife dioramas, Pat Morris, Ascot (US).- I.4 Dioramas as constructs of reality: Art, photography, and the discursive space, Geraldine Howie (UK).- I.5 James Perry Wilson: Shifting paradigms of natural history diorama painting, Michael Anderson, Yale (US).- II. Resurrecting and Modern Dioramas.- II.1 Dioramas in Natural History Museum - Tools for nature conservation, John Borg, Mdina (MT).- II.2 Using technology to deepen and extend visitor's interaction with dioramas, Mark Loveland, Barbara Buckley & Edys Quellmalz, WestEd (US).- II.3 Displaying Ecological Landscapes by Dioramas - an example provided by Zhejiang Museum of Natural History, Ximin Kang, Zhejiang (CHN).- II.4 Conservative restoration and reconstruction of historical Natural History Dioramas, Mareike Munsch, Hartmut Schmiese, Aleksandra Angelov, Gunnar Riedel & Jörn Köhler, Darmstadt (D).- III. Learning at dioramas.- III.1 Dioramas as important tools in biological education, Sue Dale Tunnicliffe & Annette Scheersoi.- III.2 Catching the visitor's interest, Annette Scheersoi.- III. 3 Naming and narratives at dioramas, Sue Dale Tunnicliffe.- III.4 The evolution of the narrative at natural history dioramas, Alix Cotumaggio, New York (US).- III.5 Imaginary places: Museum visitor perceptions of habitat dioramas, Phaedra Livingstone, Oregon (US).- III.6 Habitat dioramas and sense of place: Factors linked to visitors' feelings about the natural places portrayed in dioramas, Cecilia Garibay & Eric D. Gyllenhaal, Chicago (US).- III.7 The Human connection: Enactors and the facilitated diorama experience, Kathleen Tinworth, Denver (US).- III.8 Storytelling and performance in diorama galleries, Keith Dunmall, Birchington on Sea (UK).- III.9 The diorama as a means for biodiversity education, Martha Marandino, Sao Paolo (Brazil), Marianne Achiam, Copenhagen (DK) & Adriano Oliveira, Sao Paolo (Brazil).- III.10 Interpreting through drawings, Edward Mifsud, Malta (MT).- Conclusion, Michael Reiss, London (UK).