Hardcover176 PagesSize: 244 x 172 mm
50 B&W illustrations
ISBN: 9781848222564Publication: July 27, 2018

New Museum Practice in Asia

Edited by Caroline Lang and John Reeve

£35.00 GBP

Available for preorder: this book will be shipped on its publication date of July 27, 2018

  • This is the first handbook specifically focusing on museum and heritage practice in Asia, and provides a range of thematic case studies illustrating best practice across the region
  • Practitioners from India, China, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand examine policy making, governance and funding and focus on audience development and public education
  • The book’s editors have extensive experience working at leading cultural institutions, as well as running British Council training programmes for museums professionals in Asia

There has been an explosion of museum and heritage activity across Asia, especially
in China, where audience development and public education have been made a government priority for museums. Public participation is already well established, for example in Singapore and Korea, but is little documented and reviewed for a wider audience in Asia and beyond. This practical handbook examines and critiques these developments and asks how best practice can match the specific needs of diverse Asian cultures and societies.

Written by practitioners, this book brings together a range of regional examples of innovative practice and new initiatives, which address shared themes and challenges for museums, galleries, community projects and heritage sites across Asia. It focuses on public programmes, exhibitions, education and media and seeks to provide a critical framework that is both sensitive to Asian contexts and alert to western museologies and critical practice. It covers everything from policy, governance, funding, recruitment and training, through audience development and inclusion, to education and exhibitions, and using media and performance. Other topics include collaborations and partnerships, volunteering, marketing, social media, evaluation and income generation.

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