‘Museums in China’ – new Heritage Matters publication

'Museums in China' publicationThe latest volume (book number 13) in the Heritage Matters series has just been published. ‘Museums in China’ is written by Dr Marzia Varutti, a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for Museum Studies, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo.

Museums in China have undergone tremendous transformations since they first appeared in the country in the late nineteenth century. Futuristic, state-of-the-art museums have today become symbols of China’s global cultural, economic and technological prominence; over the last two decades the number of Chinese museums has increased at an unprecedented rate, with China set to become the country with the highest number of museums in the world. The reasons why the country has embraced the concept of the museum with such enthusiasm are explored in this engaging monograph.

Based on extensive research in a number of important Chinese museums, the author examines recent changes in their display methods, narratives, actors and architectural styles. She also considers how museums represent Chinese national identity, the country’s long and complex history and its extraordinary cultural diversity.

Through an analysis of the political changes in China that have affected what is selected, displayed and interpreted in museums, and the medium of the museums themselves, this book provides a unique, original and timely exploration of shifts in Chinese society that have had major impacts on the museum and heritage domain.

 Details of other books in the Heritage Matters series can be found in the ICCHS Research and Engagement pages.or through the Boydell & Brewer website.


Research seminar: Cultural Heritage Protection, 5 February

ICCHS Work in Progress Research Seminar,  1-2pm, Room 1.06, 18 Windsor Terrace

Speakers: Peter Lewis and Peter Stone.

Peter Stone: ‘Progress in the UK’s commitment to cultural property protection in armed conflict.’

Peter Stone has been working on the protection of cultural property in the event of armed conflict since 2003 when he was the archaeological advisor to the UK MoD with respect to the invasion of Iraq. This presentation will briefly revisit activity between 2003-2012 and then concentrate on recent developments.

Peter Lewis: ‘Research findings from the CARE of Rock Art Project.’

Peter Lewis works as a specialist project manager within the community development and the cultural sector. He is currently a Research Assistant on the ‘Heritage and Science: Working in the CARE of Rock Art’ project, a collaboration between Newcastle University and Queen’s University Belfast. In this presentation Peter will provide an overview of the project and an update on the production of the CARE of Rock Art Toolkit.

No need to book. Please just come along!

POSTER_ICCHS Research Seminar 5 Feb 2014

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MeLa Project team starts fieldwork at the Silesian Museum

The Silesian Museum

The Silesian Museum

Dr Susannah Eckersley and ICCHS Alumnus Dr Michal Koskowski will soon be travelling to Goerlitz in Germany to undertake fieldwork at the Silesian Museum as part of the MeLa Project: European Museums in an Age of Migrations. The museum covers the culture and history of Silesia, a region with a complex past, straddling the border between Germany and Poland. To find out more about the project follow the ICCHS MeLa research team on Twitter @MelaNewcastle

European Museums in an Age of Migrations (MeLa) is a €2.9million project funded by the European Commission. ICCHS’s work within the project involves a historical and contemporary focus on the significance of museum representations of place for expressions of cultural identity in European museums. It addresses questions surrounding place-people(s)-culture relations in contemporary European museums, involving consideration of the ways in which museums construct places and their inhabitants through representational practices.