Museums are public places where objects, images and memories are kept and shared. They exist in infinite variety and contradiction. They can be places of great excitement and great boredom, sharply insightful and hopelessly bland. Museums are anything that the political climate and the imagination allows them to be. No two museums are the same.
The papers which make up this volume give ample evidence of the variety of views that exist about museums. They also demonstrate that museums and museum professionals are moving forward with energy and conviction. This volume will be invaluable to students and museum professionals and will provoke them to consider museum provision and professionalism in all their forms.

chapter |12 pages


part |1 pages

Part 1 The museum: some definitions

chapter 1|2 pages

Some definitions of ‘museum’

ByTimothy Ambrose, Crispin Paine

chapter 2|2 pages

The Museums Charter

part |1 pages

Part 2 Thinking about museums

chapter 3|5 pages

The museum as a staging ground for symbolic action

BySheldon Annis

chapter 5|8 pages

A sense of purpose: rethinking museum values and strategies

ByStuart Davies

chapter 6|7 pages

The principles of museum administration

ByG. Brown Goode

chapter 7|4 pages

Museums for the year 2000: a case for continuous revolution

ByJ. Patrick Greene

chapter 8|3 pages

Museum futures

ByPeter Jenkinson

chapter 10|5 pages

Making up is hard to do

BySusan M. Pearce

chapter 11|4 pages

Museum as dialogue

ByNeil Postman

chapter 12|10 pages

The future of history museums

ByMichael Wallace

chapter 13|8 pages

The proper business of the museum: ideas or things?

ByStephen Weil

chapter 14|5 pages

Visiting and evaluating museums

ByGaynor Kavanagh

part |1 pages

Part 3 Museums UK

chapter 15|6 pages

The museum scene

chapter 17|5 pages

Public palaces or private places?

chapter 18|4 pages

Purpose of museums and special characteristics of independents

ByV. T. C. Middleton

chapter 19|9 pages

Higher concerns

ByAlan Warhurst

part |1 pages

Part 4 The museums profession

chapter 20|15 pages

Curatorial identity

ByGaynor Kavanagh

chapter 21|5 pages

Defining curation

ByJohn Murdoch

chapter 22|7 pages

Cross-community curatorial competences

ByPatrick J. Boylan

chapter 23|10 pages

The American art director as professional: results of a survey1

ByPaul DiMaggio

chapter 25|5 pages

Image and self-image

ByMarista Leishman

chapter 26|9 pages

Museum director as manager

ByCharles Phillips

chapter 27|6 pages

The state of pay

ByPhyllida Shaw

chapter 28|22 pages

Are you sitting comfortably? Are equal opportunities a luxury?

ByGaby Porter

chapter 29|15 pages

Women and museums

ByDavid R. Prince

chapter 30|2 pages

Common ground

ByMarcia Tucker

part |1 pages

Part 5 Professionalism

chapter 31|6 pages

A new professionalism

ByNeil Cossons

chapter 32|10 pages

Scholarship or self-indulgence?

ByNeil Cossons

chapter 33|4 pages

Scholarship and the public

chapter 34|6 pages

The ongoing pursuit of professional status

ByStephen Weil

chapter 35|5 pages

Ethics: constructing a code

part |1 pages

Part 6 Codes of ethical conduct

chapter 36|6 pages

Tentative code of museum ethics

ByH. L. Madison

chapter 37|7 pages

Code of ethics for museums

chapter 38|17 pages

Code of professional ethics ICOM

chapter 39|12 pages

Code of conduct for museum professionals