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There are an increasing number of books about how museums can help older people. But none about how older people are helping museums. So that’s the refreshing focus of our forthcoming title, The Caring Museum.
However, older people are not only users of museum services. They are also contributors to them. The Caring Museum will focus on the many ways in which the involvement of older people can contribute to the development and growth of museums, through innovative programmes and bold new thinking.
The book aims to explore current and developmental issues in the field of museums and ageing, with a clear emphasis on the emerging and innovative opportunities which ageing populations present, drawing on practice-based, research-oriented and conceptual themes. The book is being edited by Australia-based Hamish Robertson, who has a unique blend of experience in health, ageing and cultural heritage work, having worked both with the Ageing Research Centre, and with the Australia Council on visitor and diversity research.
Our call for papers, launched in October, resulted in an exceptional quality of response. But what really surprised us was the tremendous enthusiasm and commitment of the prospective authors - we were quite overwhelmed!
After much hard thinking, the following essays and case studies were chosen for inclusion, and the book will be published in late Spring 2015:
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