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Hardcover288 PagesSize: 240 × 170 mm
50 B&W illustrations
ISBN: 9781848222564Publication: August 22, 2018

This interesting and comprehensible volume provides an overview of what has been achieved by Asian museums over the past few decades. Including over 30 case studies from across the region, it addresses a wide range of issues in the planning, implementation and evaluation of museum policies, exhibitions and public programmes that give fascinating insights into the recent development of museums in a global context. The volume not only serves as an inspiration and guide for museum professionals, but would be a useful reference for university
students. Professor Michelle Huang, Lingnan University, Hong Kong 

This highly original volume - packed with rich, reflective and nuanced accounts of museum and heritage innovation in Asia - makes a highly important and welcome contribution to the field. Together, the chapters are brimming with insights that will inspire and enrich thinking and practice across the globe. Richard Sandell, Professor of Museum Studies, University of Leicester

New Museum Practice in Asia

Edited by Caroline Lang and John Reeve

£50.00 GBP

  • This is the first book to focus specifically 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, Korea, Taiwan and Japan, but is little documented and reviewed for a wider audience in Asia and beyond. This book 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.

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