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Timothy Ambrose , Crispin Paine
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11 April 2012 0415619343 978-0415619349 3

Museums throughout the world have common needs and face common challenges. Keeping up-to-date with new ideas and changing practice is challenging for small and medium-sized museums where time for reading and training is often restricted. This new edition of Museum Basics has therefore been produced for the many museums worldwide that operate with limited resources and few professional staff. The comprehensive training course provided within the book is also suitable for museum studies students who wish to gain a full understanding of work within a museum.

Drawing from a wide range of practical experience, the authors provide a basic guide to all aspects of museum work, from audience development and education, through collections management and conservation, to museum organisation and forward planning. Organised on a modular basis with over 110 Units, Museum Basics can be used as a reference work to assist day-to-day museum management and as the key textbook in pre-service and in-service training programmes. It is designed to be supplemented by case studies, project work and group discussion.

This third edition has been fully updated and extended to take account of the many changes that have occurred in the world of museums in the last five years. It includes over 100 new diagrams supporting the text, a glossary, sources of information and support as well as a select bibliography. Museum Basics is also now supported by its own companion website providing a wide range of additional resources for the reader.

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 3 edition (11 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415619343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415619349
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 17.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Timothy Ambrose is an international consultant working in the field of museums and cultural heritage. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a Fellow of the Museums Association. He has particular interests in the role of museums in destination development and has published widely.

Crispin Paine is a museums and heritage consultant, writer and lecturer. He is an Honorary Lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, and a Fellow of the Museums Association. He has particular interests in local community museums and in the material culture of religion.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful for museum volunteers 6 Sep 2013
By P. Ward
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A good introduction to the basics of operating a small museum. The numbers of small museums operated by volunteers with advice and guidance of museum professionals are growing. This provides an overview of how-to-do-it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A useful and practical guide to museum studies 21 May 2013
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It covers prety much everything someone needs to know when working for/ in a museum. It is very well written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best for Teaching about Museums 25 Jan 2013
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This is a very important book for anyone teaching Introductory courses in Museology. The discussions are thorough ann easy to understand. Exercises are also provided to stimulate the mind.
4.0 out of 5 stars For Anyone Interested in Museum 101 2 May 2014
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Great book for anyone starting out or needing a refresher in museum basics. Easy to read and understand, concise and to the point .
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Unlike many museum theory textbooks, this is clearly and straightforwardly written, with an international scope.
An instantly comprehensible primer, with lists of cross-referencing between related units of information.
The only cons are - As a guide of what to do, it doesn't acknowledge that it is a perfect-world simulation, and that real small to medium museums cannot possibly live up to every guideline. Also, the book is a little repetitive. Great if you are cherry-picking certain topics and sections, but a bit much if you are reading cover to cover.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good basic reference of issues to consider when developing a ... 27 Aug 2014
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Good basic reference of issues to consider when developing a larger museum like we are trying to do in Roswell, NM with the Walker Aviation Museum (Walker Air Force Base - construction started Dec 21, 1941-- closed June 30, 1967). This book is best suited for a large museum with a lot of resources. However, I am glad I purchased this book.
4.0 out of 5 stars A must have guide book for exhibition designer who wanted ... 6 Sep 2014
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A must have guide book for exhibition designer who wanted to design museum exhibition. It give me a bird-eye view of museum operation, which is helpful for designing exhibition for museum.
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