Edge of empire
Conquest and collecting in the East 1750–1850
review by Roslyn Russell
In a magisterial account of imperial collecting in India and Egypt from the mid-eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth centuries, this book also takes the reader on a 'trans-imperial' analysis of the formation of collections of material culture.
New museums and the making of culture
review by Sharon Macdonald
Selling things by labelling them as new is an old game. 'New', moreover, does not always mean 'improved', and claims to novelty — currently widely used in the world of museums —undoubtedly deserve careful and critical attention.
What makes a great exhibition?
A framework for assessing excellence
review by Stephen Foster
Oddly, the question of what makes a great exhibition is rarely asked — perhaps because, without innumerable qualifications and sub-divisions, it is as hard to answer as 'what makes great music?', 'a great book?' or 'a great film?'
Museum management and marketing
review by J Patrick Greene
A volume in a series of Leicester Readers in Museum Studies, the two editors in their preface state that 'our purpose is to introduce the current breadth and depth of museum management and market thinking'.
A history of colonial cultures of display
review by Philippa Mein Smith
This richly illustrated monograph traces changes in the way museums and exhibitions have displayed things Maori since the Victorian era, exploring shifts in meaning from curio and specimen to arts and crafts, followed by art ('primitive' and modern) and taonga (cultural treasure).
Handbook of material culture
review by Linda Young
A refreshing and challenging source, many readers of this journal could find themselves daunted by the references to theorists they've always meant to read and awed by the references to authors they've never heard of.
How to create and maintain image, loyalty, and support
review by Jody Evans
Museums compete with other museums and a diverse range of leisure attractions for exhibitions, events, government funding, corporate sponsorship, customer visitation, discretionary expenditure and consumer brand recognition. In such a challenging operating environment the importance of branding should not be underestimated.