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Pasts Beyond Memory: Evolution, Museums, Colonialism (Museum Meanings) [Paperback]

Tony Bennett

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7 Mar 2004 0415247470 978-0415247474

Contributing to current debates on relationships between culture and the social, and the the rapidly changing practices of modern museums as they seek to shed the legacies of both evolutionary conceptions and colonial science, this important new work explores how evolutionary museums developed in the USA, UK, and Australia in the late nineteenth century.


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"Sure to be a major intervention in museums and cultural studies...an important and provocative text....I expect this book to be as important as Birth of the Museum, which is saying something." - Ivan Karp, Emory University


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Towards the end of his career, George Sherwood, Chief Curator in the Department of Education at the American Museum of Natural History, recounted the story of a little boy who, after a school trip to his local museum, rushed home to tell his mother that he had had a great day at 'the dead circus' (Sherwood, 1927: 267). Read the first page
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