Museums and Memories: Remembering the Past in Local and Community Museums

Janis Wilton

Abstract

This article explores the memories created and promoted through museums. It pays attention to the roles of curators, communities and critics as they argue about who controls the memories put on display. It investigates the ways in which the memories and memorialising of founding collectors and collections influence the form and messages of museums. Finally, it ponders the nature and impact of the memorable museum moments which visitors take with them.

Keywords

Museums; memory; collectors; community; audience

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