Collecting authenticity: domestic, familial, and everyday 'old things' in English museums, 1850-1939

Hill, Kate (2011) Collecting authenticity: domestic, familial, and everyday 'old things' in English museums, 1850-1939. Museum History Journal, 4 (2). pp. 203-222. ISSN 1936-9824

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Abstract

This article investigates the increasing popularity of domestic objects from the British past in provincial museums of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, along with changing modes of display, which saw mimetic representations of interiors gaining ground over traditional museum displays in glass cases. It argues that this is indicative of new, modern memory practices which invested the historic domestic object with imaginative and associative power, foregrounded the feminine, and asserted a key role for such objects in the formation of authentic identities, both national and individual.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Museums, domesticity, history, bmjpub, bmjrequested
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V210 British History
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Humanities
ID Code:4644
Deposited By: Kate Hill
Deposited On:24 Aug 2011 21:03
Last Modified:06 Dec 2013 09:42

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