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Nature and Culture: Objects, Disciplines and the Manchester Museum


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Newly available in paperback, this book takes the University of Manchester's Museum as its subject. By setting the museum in its cultural and intellectual contexts, Nature and Culture explores twentieth-century collecting and display, and the status of the object in the modern world. Beginning with the origins of the Manchester Museum, accounting for its development as an internationally renowned university museum, and concluding at its major expansion at the turn of the millennium, this book casts new light on the history of museums. How did objects become knowledge? Who encountered museum objects on their way to museums? What happened to collections within the museum? How did visitors use and respond to objects? In answering these questions, Nature and culture illuminates not only the history of one institution, but also contributes to wider discussions in the history of science, cultural history and museology.

About the Author

Samuel J. M. M. Alberti is Director of Museums and Archives for The Royal College of Surgeons of England .

Table of Contents

Introduction: museum historiographies1. Prologue: the Manchester Natural History Society2. Nature: scientific disciplines in the museum3. Culture: artefacts and disciplinary formation4. Acquisition: collecting networks and the museum5. Practice: technique and the lives of objects in the collection6. Visitors: audiences and objectsConclusion: the museum in the twentieth centuryNotesList of ArchivesBibliographyIndex

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Alberti, Samuel J. M. M.
Manchester University Press
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions/Permanent Collections
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