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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1st edition (13 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415615739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415615730
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 1.7 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is a well-researched, detailed book that presents much food for thought for museum managers and staff." --Collection Management,vol.30, no 4

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Graham Black is Reader in Public History and Heritage Management, at Nottingham Trent University. He is also a consultant Heritage Interpreter, and exhibitions on which he has acted as Interpretive Consultant have won the first UK £100,000 Museum Prize (2003) and been on the final shortlist for the Prize (2007), as well as winning its predecessor the Gulbenkian Prize, a Museum of the Year Award, the Special Judges Prize at the Interpret Britain Awards and the English Tourist Board’s "England for Excellence" Tourist Attraction of the Year Award. He is a Fellow of the Association for Heritage Interpretation (UK). He is the author of The Engaging Museum (Routledge, 2005).


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hljod on 16 Oct 2013
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I think the author had a great work about the challenges and changes in the 21st century. The first part of the book, which discuss the surveys are really good. However the second part, though gives good ideas for museums, I still didn't feel it to be so useful. The book includes plenty of examples and study cases but non of it is outside of the English speaking world. British, American, Australian examples are very good, but seeing the different museum environment and context(I rather mean the financing)the mentioned cases seem to be just dreams for the museums in rest of Europe. I understood that not the adaption of a given idea was the goal of the author, but rather help with ideas that any museum professionals can interpret for its own museums'profile. I also found too much similarities with the previous book of the same author (the engaging museum), even the used charts and boxes are exactly the same. I found unnecessary to buy both books.
None the less, its a professionally written good book in a field of museology, I was amazed by the number of literature that was referred in the book.
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I found this book helped the theory behind my job (working in heritage) and consequently rather than just finding an idea I like, I can now say 'actually this would work better'. My understanding of the visitors has improved greatly as a result of reading this. The text is sometimes hard work to read, but stick with it, it's gold dust! Nothing else on the market that I know of to compare with Black's text.
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