Museums at Play

Museums at Play

"Museums at Play" provides an extraordinary and comprehensive international overview of the development, use and evaluation of games within museum and cultural contexts, through more than 40 detailed case studies.

Author: Katy Beale

Publisher:

ISBN: 1907697136

Category: Art

Page: 653

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"Museums at Play" provides an extraordinary and comprehensive international overview of the development, use and evaluation of games within museum and cultural contexts, through more than 40 detailed case studies.
Categories: Art

Families at Play

Families at Play

Family learning is often self-directed, voluntary, and guided by the needs and interests of the family members as learners.20 There are similarities and differences between visiting a museum, a zoo, or a library and playing video games ...

Author: Sinem Siyahhan

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262037464

Category: Education

Page: 216

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How family video game play promotes intergenerational communication, connection, and learning. Video games have a bad reputation in the mainstream media. They are blamed for encouraging social isolation, promoting violence, and creating tensions between parents and children. In this book, Sinem Siyahhan and Elisabeth Gee offer another view. They show that video games can be a tool for connection, not isolation, creating opportunities for families to communicate and learn together. Like smartphones, Skype, and social media, games help families stay connected. Siyahhan and Gee offer examples: One family treats video game playing as a regular and valued activity, and bonds over Halo. A father tries to pass on his enthusiasm for Star Wars by playing Lego Star Wars with his young son. Families express their feelings and share their experiences and understanding of the world through playing video games like The Sims, Civilization, and Minecraft. Some video games are designed specifically to support family conversations around such real-world issues and sensitive topics as bullying and peer pressure. Siyahhan and Gee draw on a decade of research to look at how learning and teaching take place when families play video games together. With video games, they argue, the parents are not necessarily the teachers and experts; all family members can be both teachers and learners. They suggest video games can help families form, develop, and sustain their learning culture as well as develop skills that are valued in the twenty-first century workplace. Educators and game designers should take note.
Categories: Education

Folklife and Museums

Folklife and Museums

For example, visitors could be given the opportunity to record their own joke and explain where they learned it, why they find it funny, and what it means to them. Furthermore, folklorists could assist museums in capturing play ...

Author: C. Kurt Dewhurst

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442272934

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 479

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This cutting-edge new book is the replacement for Folklife and Museums: Selected Readings which was published nearly thirty years ago in 1987. The editors of that volume, Patricia Hall and Charlie Seemann, are now joined by C. Kurt Dewhurst as a third editor, for this book which includes updates to the still-relevant and classic essays and articles from the earlier text and features new pioneering pieces by some of today’s most outstanding scholars and practitioners, to provide a more current overview of the field and addressing contemporary issues. Folklife and Museums: Twenty-First Century Perspectives is a brand new collection of cutting-edge essays that combine theoretical insights, practical applications, topical case studies (focusing on particular subject matter areas and specific cultural groups), accompanied by up-to-date “resources” and “suggested readings” sections. Each essay is preceded by an explanatory headnote contextualizing the essay and includes illustrative photographs.
Categories: Business & Economics

The Manual of Museum Learning

The Manual of Museum Learning

Bibliography A selected and annotated list of publications on museum learning , 2000–2006 . Ash , D. “ Dialogic Inquiry ... “ Working at play : informal science education on museum playgrounds , ” Curator 44 , no . 1 ( 2001 ) : 47–59 .

Author: Barry Lord

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 0759109710

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 301

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This Manual is a practical guide to creating successful learning experiences in museums and related institutions such as public galleries, exhibition centers, science centers, zoos, botanical gardens, aquaria, and planetaria. Based on an understanding of museum learning as an experience that occurs within a personal, social, and physical context, it explores why, for whom, and how these contexts can be orchestrated in museum galleries with optimal results.
Categories: Business & Economics

Workers at Play

Workers at Play

At the local level a crucial part was played by municipal authorities and voluntary organizations. ... Attendances at the National Museums and Galleries in London and Edinburgh rose from 4,382,419 in 1903 to 5,025,410 in 1913, ...

Author: Stephen G. Jones

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429830907

Category: History

Page: 302

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First published in 1986. This book explores developments in the cinema, sport, holidays, gambling, drinking and many more recreational activities, and situates working-class leisure within the determining economic and social context. In particular, the inventiveness of working people ‘at play’ is highlighted. Drawing on an extensive range of source material, the book has a wide general appeal, and will be useful to those professionally concerned with leisure, as well as teachers and students of social history, and all those interested in the patterns of working-class life in the past.
Categories: History

African Museums in the Making

African Museums in the Making

... and wobbly politics at play in the funding, governance, and management of museums (those institutions/buildings in which objects of cultural, historical, scientific and artistic interest are stored and exhibited) on the continent.

Author: Munyaradzi Mawere

Publisher: African Books Collective

ISBN: 9789956792719

Category: Art

Page: 348

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One of the central theoretical and practical issues in post-colonial Africa is the relevance, nature, and politics at play in the management of museum institutions on the continent. Most African museums were established during the 19th and 20th centuries as European imperialists were spreading their colonial tentacles across the continent. The attainment of political independence has done little to undo or correct the obnoxious situation. Most African countries continue to practice colonial museology despite surging scholarship and calls by some Afro-centric and critical scholars the world over to address the quandaries on the continent's museum institutions. There is thus an unresolved struggle between the past and the present in the management of museums in Africa. In countries such as Zimbabwe, the struggle in museum management has been precipitated by the sharp economic downturn that has gripped the country since the turn of the millennium. In view of all these glitches, this book tackles the issue of the management of heritage in Zimbabwe. The book draws on the findings by scholars and researchers from different academic orientations and backgrounds to advance the thesis that museums and museology in Zimbabwe face problems of epic proportions that require urgent attention. It makes insightful suggestions on possible solutions to the tapestry of the inexorably enigmatic amalgam of complex problems haunting museum institutions in Zimbabwe, calling for a radical transformation of museology as a discipline in the process. This book should appeal to policy makers, scholars, researchers and students from disciplines such as museology, archaeology, social-cultural anthropology, and culture and heritage studies.
Categories: Art

Public Art and Museums in Cultural Districts

Public Art and Museums in Cultural Districts

concomitances between museums and other public events with open air displays (JiménezBlanco, 2014: 157). ... study cases because they remodelled former paradigms of heritage interaction around museums at play in great art metropolises.

Author: J. Pedro Lorente

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351120289

Category: Art

Page: 226

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Museums and public art have traditionally taken significantly different approaches to customer engagement, but throughout history they have also worked together in some urban contexts, notably as landmarks of so-called cultural districts. Public Art and Museums in Cultural Districts reviews their changing interactions in many different types of cities since the Enlightenment, or even before, going back to the etymological origins of museums and monuments in classical antiquity. The type of historical enquiry presented within the volume is not intended as a total narrative, but the international study cases considered convey a global panorama of the shifting paradigms set in different periods by some cultural neighbourhoods and emulated worldwide. Blurring boundaries between art history, museology and urbanism, this critical account explores past tensions, achievements and failures, giving insightful consideration to present policies and pointing out reasonable recommendations for the future regarding public heritage. Presenting for the first time an insights into the role of collections of public art as landmarks of cultural districts, this book considers collections displayed outdoors from the double perspective of curatorial outreach and civic values. This book will fill a gap in the existing museum studies literature, hitherto mainly focused on indoor collecting and curatorial policies, but increasingly more and more attentive to their outside context. As such, the book should be of great interest to academics, researchers and students working in the fields of art, heritage, museum studies and urban history. It should also be of value to professionals working in the museum and art sectors.
Categories: Art

Ancient Egyptians at Play

Ancient Egyptians at Play

Playing pieces are well known from visual representations as well as archaeological finds, and both help the attribution of hundreds of pieces recorded as pawns or draughtsmen in museums and private collections (fig. 3.6).

Author: Walter Crist

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474221191

Category: History

Page: 224

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The rich history of Egypt has provided famous examples of board games played in antiquity. Each of these games provides evidence of contact between Egypt and its neighbours. From pre-dynastic rule to Arab and Ottoman invasions, Egypt's past is visible on game boards. This volume starts by introducing the reader to board games as well as instruments of chance and goes on to trace the history and distribution of ancient Egyptian games, looking particularly at how they show contact with other cultures and civilizations. Game practices, which were also part of Egyptian rituals and divination, travelled throughout the eastern Mediterranean. This book explores the role of Egypt in accepting and disseminating games during its long history. Over the last few years, the extent and the modes of contact have become better understood through museum and archival research projects as well as surveys of archaeological sites in Egypt and its surrounding regions. The results allow new insight into ancient Egypt's international relations and the role of board games research in understanding its extent. Written by three authors known internationally for their expertise on this topic, this will be the first volume on Ancient Egyptian games of its kind and a much-needed contribution to the field of both Egyptology and board games studies.
Categories: History

Museums and Communities

Museums and Communities

In the context of the collaborations between museum professionals and indigenous groups, two complementary (and often overlapping) kinds of knowledge are at play. While indigenous communities are usually familiar with objects' origins, ...

Author: Viv Golding

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780857851321

Category: Art

Page: 256

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This edited volume critically engages with contemporary scholarship on museums and their engagement with the communities they purport to serve and represent. Foregrounding new curatorial strategies, it addresses a significant gap in the available literature, exploring some of the complex issues arising from recent approaches to collaboration between museums and their communities. The book unpacks taken-for-granted notions such as scholarship, community, participation and collaboration, which can gloss over the complexity of identities and lead to tokenistic claims of inclusion by museums. Over sixteen chapters, well-respected authors from the US, Australia and Europe offer a timely critique to address what happens when museums put community-minded principles into practice, challenging readers to move beyond shallow notions of political correctness that ignore vital difference in this contested field. Contributors address a wide range of key issues, asking pertinent questions such as how museums negotiate the complexities of integrating collaboration when the target community is a living, fluid, changeable mass of people with their own agendas and agency. When is engagement real as opposed to symbolic, who benefits from and who drives initiatives? What particular challenges and benefits do artist collaborations bring? Recognising the multiple perspectives of community participants is one thing, but how can museums incorporate this successfully into exhibition practice? Students of museum and cultural studies, practitioners and everyone who cares about museums around the world will find this volume essential reading.
Categories: Art

Museums and Biographies

Museums and Biographies

The point is that there is a careful compromise to negotiate in the restoration of Victorian museum interiors. There is also a certain fallacy of authenticity at play: visitors simply do not see displays as they would have been in the ...

Author: Kate Hill

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

ISBN: 9781843839613

Category: Art

Page: 348

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Categories: Art