Volume 7 number 2

October 2012

This issue of reCollections: A Journal of Museums and Collections considers objects that have not traditionally been destined for museum collections, and casts a critical eye over the ubiquitous ‘Treasures’ exhibitions that have proliferated in recent times:

  • Bill Garner considers why, even though we are a nation of campers, most museums do not have significant collections of camping equipment
  • Maria Nugent looks at the exhibition history of La Perouse Aboriginal women’s shellwork and considers why it was long ignored by museums
  • Michael Piggott meditates on the nature of ‘Treasures’ exhibitions, and the role of the National Library as an exhibiting institution.

Also featured are reviews of a number of recent and current exhibitions.