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The devil is in the detail: museum displays and the creation of knowledge

The devil is in the detail: museum displays and the creation of knowledge
The devil is in the detail: museum displays and the creation of knowledge
This paper presents a methodological framework for conducting research on the knowledge-making capacity of museum displays. As active agents in the production of knowledge, museum displays are increasingly being recognized as documents of significance to the history of scholarly disciplines and the evolution of ideas. In order to investigate how exhibitions create knowledge, a basic outline of some of the key attributes involved in creating meaning in exhibitions is offered. Building on research in exhibition analysis, the history of collecting, and archaeological representation, this account emphasizes how there is a complex network of factors that warrant consideration when assessing the epistemological function of museums.
strategies, exhibition analysis, museums and knowledge
0892-8339
22-32
Moser, Stephanie
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Moser, Stephanie
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Moser, Stephanie (2010) The devil is in the detail: museum displays and the creation of knowledge. Museum Anthropology, 33 (1), Spring Issue, 22-32.

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This paper presents a methodological framework for conducting research on the knowledge-making capacity of museum displays. As active agents in the production of knowledge, museum displays are increasingly being recognized as documents of significance to the history of scholarly disciplines and the evolution of ideas. In order to investigate how exhibitions create knowledge, a basic outline of some of the key attributes involved in creating meaning in exhibitions is offered. Building on research in exhibition analysis, the history of collecting, and archaeological representation, this account emphasizes how there is a complex network of factors that warrant consideration when assessing the epistemological function of museums.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 8 April 2010
Published date: 2010
Keywords: strategies, exhibition analysis, museums and knowledge
Organisations: Archaeology

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Local EPrints ID: 152251
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/152251
ISSN: 0892-8339
PURE UUID: 31ee0fb0-7cef-4a71-8b4a-9eb835924bcf

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Date deposited: 13 May 2010 15:36
Last modified: 09 Oct 2017 11:34

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Author: Stephanie Moser

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