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Title Representing enslavement and abolition in museums : ambiguous engagements / edited by Laurajane Smith [and others]
Published New York : Routledge, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (x, 339 pages) : illustrations
Series Routledge research in museum studies ; 3
Routledge research in museum studies ; 3
Contents pt. 1. Organizing the bicentenary : politics and policy -- pt. 2. Representing the bicentenary : communities, consultants and curators -- pt. 3. Marking the bicentenary : exhibitions, art and personal reflections -- pt. 4. Encountering the bicentenary : trauma and engagement
Summary "The year 2007 marked the bicentenary of the Act abolishing British participation in the slave trade. "Representing Enslavement and Abolition on Museums"--Which uniquely draws together contributions from academic commentators, museum professionals, community activists and artists who had an involvement with the bicentenary - reflects on the complexity and difficulty of museums' experiences in presenting and interpreting the histories of slavery and abolition, and places these experiences in the broader context of debates over the bicentenary's significance and the lessons to be learnt from it. The history of Britain's role in transatlantic slavery officially become part of the National Curriculum in the UK in 2009; with the bicentenary of 2007, this marks the start of increasing public engagement with what has largely been a "hidden" history. The book aims to not only critically review and assess the impact of the bicentenary, but also to identify practical issues that public historians, consultants, museum practitioners, heritage professionals and policy makers can draw upon in developing responses, both to the increasing recognition of Britain's history of African enslavement and controversial and traumatic histories more generally"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Museum exhibits -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Slave trade -- Great Britain -- History -- Exhibitions.
Slave trade -- Great Britain -- History.
Slavery in museum exhibits.
Slavery -- Great Britain -- History -- Exhibitions.
Slavery -- Great Britain -- History.
Genre/Form Exhibition catalogs.
Exhibition catalogs.
Form Electronic book
Author Smith, Laurajane.
ISBN 0203808258 (ebk.)
0415885043 (hbk. ; acid-free paper)
1136667385 (e-book)
9780203808252 (ebk.)
9780415885041 (hbk. ; acid-free paper)
9781136667381 (e-book)