The evolving museum

Endersby, Jim (1997) The evolving museum. Public Understanding of Science, 6 (2). pp. 185-206. ISSN 0963-6625

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This paper examines a recent exhibition on evolution at the Australian Museum, in Sydney, and contrasts it with the museum's earlier exhibitions on the same theme, looking at the images of science each presents. The differences between the most recent display and its predecessors can be broadly grouped under three themes: the use of narrative and chronology to organize the display; the use of realistic dioramas and reconstructions; and the use of glass cases to keep the visitors and the science apart. Partly through deliberate decisions and partly through other pressures¿including space, time and financial considerations¿the newest exhibition has resolved some of the problems exemplified by the earlier ones. Nevertheless, other difficulties remain and the conclusion sketches some possible directions which museum designers might explore in the future.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DU History of Oceania (South Seas) > DU080 Australia
Depositing User: Jim Endersby
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:32
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2012 09:21
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