By Lianne McTavish
Defining the trendy Museum is an interesting exploration of the museum as a cultural establishment. Emphasizing museums' dating to colleges, libraries, and govt firms, this interdisciplinary research demanding situations long-standing assumptions approximately museums – revealing their messy, doubtful origins, and belying the normal narrative in their academic objective having been corrupted via company goals.
Using theoretical versions and huge archival study, Lianne McTavish examines the case of Canada's oldest carrying on with public museum, the recent Brunswick Museum in Saint John. concentrating on the interval among 1842 and the Nineteen Fifties, McTavish addresses subject matters corresponding to the transnational alternate of gadgets among museums, efforts through ladies to say area in the association, the production of Carnegie libraries, and the emerging prestige of curators.
Shedding mild on many issues of present curiosity, specially the commodification and globalization of museums, this examine makes a full of life contribution to museum stories and cultural studies.
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Tempering my emphasis on the Natural History Society of New Brunswick in the previous chapters, chapter 4 expands to consider how societies that might seem fundamentally the same in fact diverged significantly, preventing me from drawing general conclusions from my primary case study. In chapter 5, ‘Gendered Professionals: Debating the Ideal Museum Worker during the 1930s and 1940s,’ I continue to explore the gendered museum in relation to professionalization, a theme suggested by chapter 4’s analysis of the increasing distinctions made between museum and library work.
72 Within the Museum of the Natural History Society, local specimens became visible and took on meaning in contrast to the marginalized ‘foreign’ material. Within the museum marketplace, however, those same foreign objects had overtly determined the value of what were at that point ‘marginal’ local specimens. 38 Defining the Modern Museum Advancing Local Geology The Natural History Society exchanged more than the mineral, fossil, and archaeological items collected within New Brunswick. It also traded copies of its journal, the Bulletin of the Natural History Society of New Brunswick, published on a nearly annual basis between 1882 and 1914.
In this case, however, there was no negotiation. The Bulletin was simply traded in kind for the publications of other natural history societies. 74 This expectation was apparently met, for the Society’s annual report of 1886 affirmed: ‘The past year has been one in which much valuable work has been done. ’75 According to this statement, the ultimate goal of the Bulletin of the Natural History Society of New Brunswick was in keeping with the original mandate of the Society to promote the natural resources of New Brunswick.