Seize the day
Exhibitions, Australia and the world
review by Louise Douglas
This eclectic but representative collection reflects the recent burgeoning interest in exhibitions as important historical occurrences.
Rules for the (r)evolution of museums: A collection of essays
review by Lucie Marshall
This collection of essays by leading international museum practitioners focuses on the across-the-board innovations taking place in some of the world's most forward-thinking museums — and charts the new directions museums will need to take in today's increasingly challenging and competitive environment.
Rare & curious
The secret history of Governor Macquarie's collectors' chest
review by Luke Keogh
In 1973 antiques dealer John Hawkins heard a story about a 'box of stuffed birds'. The box was a collectors' chest from Australia dating back to the early nineteenth century that was full of a variety of curiosities from the natural world. This book sets out to solve some of the puzzles associated with this remarkable object.
The new museum community
Audiences, challenges, benefits
review by Michelle Fracaro
Museum professionals who work with diverse audiences or are interested in developing new ones, will find this collection of essays has much to offer.
The empty museum
Western cultures and the artistic field in modern Japan
review by Caroline Turner
Masaaki Morishita contends that, in Japan, the empty museum is a museum without permanent displays or curators but instead providing accommodation for temporary exhibitions. He argues that it is the empty museum in the Japanese sense that corresponds most precisely to the authentic Japanese artistic tradition, rather than merely imitating Western models.
The makers & keepers of Singapore history
review by Anne-Marie Condé
This multi-authored volume comprises 23 chapters that narrate, analyse and reflect on the production of history in Singapore in recent years. Its origins lie in the frustrations of its two editors, Loh Kah Seng and Liew Kai Khium, in gaining access to the archival records they needed for work they were doing on some little known aspects of Singapore's past.
Narratives of community
Museums and ethnicity
review by Marianna Auliciems
Narratives of Community is particularly useful for students and museum professionals who are considering the approaches to community inclusion and the shifting role of museums towards spaces that allow for the expression multiple interpretations of ethnicity and identity.