Also available: Collecting the Contemporary - A Handbook for Social History Museums
The current situation and plans for expansion at St Fagans: National History Museum
5. Appendix 1
A Contemporary Collecting Strategy for History, 2009-2014
6. Appendix 2
Social and Cultural History, Contemporary Collecting Plan, 2009-2014
The book is a treasure trove... a welcome resource.
History News, American Association for State & Local History
Owain Rhys is probably one of the relatively few curators to deal exclusively with contemporary collecting, so it is generous of him to share his knowledge, experience and vision on this complicated sector of collecting with us in this excellent and accessible publication. It is quite an achievement that Rhys presents the issues related to contemporary collecting in an accessible and comprehensible way.
ICOM Committee on Collecting, Comcol Newsletter
When collecting from contemporary society, the values and methodologies of curators are laid bare. The history of contemporary collecting at an institution like St Fagans is, then, also a history of changing curatorial values and assumptions, about the future as well as the present. Owain Rhys reminds us that contemporary collecting is the first and most significant act of interpretation and a primary responsibility of almost every museum.
David Anderson, Director General, National Museum Wales
The contemporary moment is the moment in which to collect, effectively. But overwhelmed by diverse recording media, unsure of an appropriate collecting philosophy or fieldwork practice, and facing up to globalisation and mass production, most museums have recorded that moment as a silence. Owain Rhys gives timely reflection on the development of contemporary collecting practice, and considers how museums might face up to the challenge.
Professor Simon Knell, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester
Title: Contemporary Collecting: Theory and Practice
Author: Owain Rhys
Colour illustrations: 12
Size: 203 x 127 mm
Date: 2014 (2nd edition)
Editions: £25 [paperback] | £20 [eBook]
ISBN: 978-1-910144-31-2 [paperback]
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