Simon Knell (ed.). Museums and the Future of Collecting (London: Ashgate (Routledge), 2004).
The contributions to this book review collecting practices in museums and suggest future directions. First published in 1999, in response to an international conference held at the Department of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, entitled ‘Carry on Collecting?’, the perspectives here come from museum practitioners and academics. They deal with such varied topics as the international trade in fossils, the representation of subcultures, policies for the small museum, connoisseurship, inferences from collecting studies and histories, disciplinarity, nationhood, collaborative methodologies and so on. In this second edition I made a number of significant improvements: the whole book has been reformatted, original illustrations added, subheads have been restored, notes now appear at the foot of the page, and I have produced a new index. I also made some additions to the text: Rebecca Duclos’s paper had some content restored, and I added an innovative paper on ranking collections by Martin Wickham and a substantial new introductory chapter of my own. One of the most popular books in the Ashgate list, the second edition had the rare honour of being published in paperback.
The book was DTP’d by me. Free access is given to chapter 1 via the link below.
2 Susan Pearce: Collections and collecting
3 Malcolm McLeod: Museums without collections: museum philosophy in West Africa
4 Richard Dunn: The future of collecting: lessons from the past
5 Patricia Kell: The Ashmolean Museum: a case study of eighteenth-century collecting
6 Rebecca Duclos: The cartographies of collecting
7 Barbara Lawson: From curio to cultural document
8 Paul Martin: Contemporary popular collecting
9 Gaynor Kavanagh: Collecting from the era of memory, myth and delusion
10 Žarka Vujic: Collecting in time of war
11 Graham Dominy: The politics of museum collecting in the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ South Africa
12 Nicola Clayton: Folk devils in our midst? Collecting from ‘deviant’ groups
13 John Martin: All legal and ethical? Museums and the international market in fossils
14 Michael Taylor: What is in a ‘national’ museum? The challenges of collecting policies at the National Museums of Scotland
15 Janet Owen: Who is steering the ship? Museums and archaeological fieldwork
16 Linda Young: Collecting: reclaiming the art, systematising the technique
18 Barbro Bursell: Professionalising collecting
19 María García, Carmen Chinea and José Fariña: Developing a collecting strategy for smaller museums
20 Jean-Marc Gagnon and Gerald Fitzgerald: Towards a national collection strategy: reviewing existing holdings
21 Martin Wickham: Ranking collections
23 James Fowler: Collecting live performance
24 Tomislav Sola: Redefining collecting