Sunday, January 18, 2009

Museum reference literature

For a while now i've been keeping a sort of 'to read' list of museum books on Library Thing that I think are/would be interesting or essential with regard to museum theory and practice. Of course, i'm in no position to be spending money on these sorts of things right now so it'll just stay a list - but I thought it might be more useful to keep a list here, and that way if anyone out there reading has any suggestions they can comment to let me know!

  • The Birth of the Museum: History, Theory, Politics (Culture : Policy and Politics) - Tony Bennett
  • Cultures of Collecting (Reaktion Books - Critical Views) - Roger Cardinal
  • Exhibit Labels: An Interpretive Approach: An Interpretive Approach - Beverly Serrell
  • Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display - Steven D. Lavine
  • EXHIBITIONS MUSEUMS PB (Leicester Museum Studies Series) - M Belcher
  • Hunters and Collectors: The Antiquarian Imagination in Australia (Studies in Australian History) - Tom Griffiths
  • The Manual of Museum Exhibitions - Gail Dexter Lord
  • The Manual of Museum Planning - Gail Dexter Lord
  • Modern Material Culture: The Archaeology of Us (Studies in Archaeology) - Richard A Gould
  • Museum Culture: Histories, Discourses, Spectacles (Media and Society, Vol 6) - Daniel J Sherman
  • Museum Exhibition (Heritage: Care-Preseravtion-Management) - David Dean
  • Museums and the Interpretation of Visual Culture (Museum Meanings) - Eilean Hooper-Greenhill
  • Museum Basics - Ambrose and Paine
  • New Museology (Reaktion Books - Critical Views) - Peter Vergo
  • Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices (Culture, Media and Identities Series) - Stuart Hall
  • Objects and Others: Essays on Museums and Material Culture (History of Anthropology) - George W Stocking


P said...

I found "New Museums and the Making of Culture" by Kylie Message to be quite good.
Anything by Prof. Richard Sandell is worth picking up.
If you do read the Tony Bennett one, be sure to acknowledge his politics.

Alex said...

I have several of these titles in my library if you would like to borrow them?