This groundbreaking, 628-page book, with 80 colour illustrations, includes:
Owain Rhys, Community Participation and Engagement Manager, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales and Zelda Baveystock, Lecturer in Arts Management & Museum Studies, University of Manchester
A Question of Value: Issues in Contemporary Collecting Practice
Michael Terwey, Chair, Social History Curators group
Developing Contemporary Collecting in Wales
John Marjoram, Coordinator Contemporary Collecting Wales
Collecting the Current Now and Then: A Perspective on Acquiring Contemporary Artefacts in History Museums
Steven Miller, Seton Hall University MA Program in Museum Professions and previously Senior Curator of the Museum of the City of New York
“A Picture of the Past and a Mirror of the Present”: Iorwerth Peat and the Origins of the Welsh Folk Museum
Elen Philips, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, Cardiff
100 Years of Contemporary Collecting: Revisiting the Collection of Sailor Tattoos at the Maritime Museum, Stockholm
Mirja Arnshav, Research Coordinator, National Maritime Museums, Sweden
Collecting the Home in Different Ways: SAMDOK’s Ethnographic Method Compared to Other Approaches
Harriet Purkis, University of Ulster and Past Chair, Social History Curators’ Group
Exploring the Jungle: Contemporary Archaeology Gets a Little Bit Darker
Stuart Rathbone, Field Archaeologist, Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology
“Oi, Get Orf Moy Laand: Recent Departures in Contemporary Collecting and the English Countryside
Ollie Douglas, Museum of English Rural life, University of Reading
Let’s Talk About Sexuality: Capturing, Collecting and Disseminating LGBTQ Oral His- and Her-stories
Sean Curran, Institute of Education, University of London
Collecting Contemporary Consumer Technology
Suzanne Fischer, Oakland Museum of California and Steven Lubar, Brown University, Providence, RI
The Memorial and the Museum: Strathewen’s Poetry Tree
Peg Fraser, Research Associate at Museum Victoria, Australia
Collecting Challenging Contemporary Histories: Terrorist Attacks in London and New York City
Jennifer Kavanagh, Audience Engagement Manager, Science Museum, London
Transecting the Strand Union Workhouse: An Excursion into Social History Along Digital Geo-Located Paths
Juliet Sprake and Peter Rogers, Design Department, Goldsmiths, University of London
Curating the Sensorial: Digital Mediation and Social Engagement with Place, Objects and Intangible Heritage in Australia
Francesca Veronesi, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
Save Our Placards!
Guy Atkins, writer and independent curator and Georgina Young, Museum of London
6. International Case Studies
Beamish, The Living Museum of the North
Birmingham Museums Trust
Bristol Museums & Art Galleries
Cardiff Story Museum
Chicago History Museum
Colchester & Ipswich Museums
Edinburgh City Museums
Kentucky Historical Society
Museum of European Cultures
Museum of Liverpool
Norway's National Network for Contemporary Studies (Samtidsnett)
Te Papa Tongarewa | Museum of New Zealand
Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
Upplands Museums, Sweden
PAY ATTENTION TO THIS BOOK! Distilling an enormous measure of wisdom from professional collectors internationally, its essays seamlessly blend the theory and practice of collecting, and case studies illuminate the rationale behind real-life acquisition decisions. Curators of special collections should absolutely take note, but any reader interested in the why and how of collecting objects—or indeed of collecting anything — will find much of value in this book.
Collection Management, 2015, 40:1.
This lively and provocative new volume offers valuable new insights for anyone interested in how history museums can remain engaged, vital and relevant to diverse constituencies in the 21st century.
Prof. Richard Sandell, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester
Contemporary collecting is a creative, polemical, and even subversive process as well as a documentary one. This groundbreaking book explores both the dark and the light in the best of current practice.
David Anderson, President, The Museums Association | Director General, Amgueddfa Cymru/National Museums Wales
Contemporary collecting today is the social history collection of tomorrow. This is an engaging and timely exploration of contemporary collecting’s past; discussing the challenges and revealing potential new directions for the future.
Michelle Lees, Chair, Social History Curators’ Group
A much-needed volume, rich in ideas, perspectives and methodologies. Useful both as a handbook, and as inspirational food for thought.
Dr Eva Fägerborg, COMCOL – International Committee for Collecting (ICOM)
The book captures the extraordinarily complex and thought-provoking decisions that go on at grassroots around contemporary collecting; but also illuminates the wider theoretical, strategic and political debates in which these decisions sit. The book’s international scope adds to its strength. Today’s curators will find stimulus and encouragement in the pages. Future historians will find a fascinating account of professionals responding creatively and humanely to a rapidly changing world. I enjoyed this a lot.
Dr. Cathy Ross, Honorary Research Fellow, Museum of London
An excellent analysis of the range of issues thrown up by contemporary collecting practices, relevant to practitioners and museum scholars. Essential reading for those wishing to develop a reflective curatorial practice that engages with contemporary social issues.
Professor Andrea Witcomb, Director, Cultural Heritage Research Centre for Asia and the Pacific, Deakin University, Australia
Fascinating and educative, the editors bring together a compendium of UK and international contributions that throw light not only on the challenges of contemporary social history collecting but on many of the broader issues of museology over the last 30 years, particularly in terms of curatorial practice and community engagement. Both scholarly and a page-turner, the book will repay reading for anyone in the museum business.
Iain Watson, Director, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums