The Emergence of the Modern Museum

An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Sources (1st ed)
Author(s): 
Siegel, Jonah
ISBN: 
9780195331134
Date published: 
April 2008
Hardback
Price: 
£29.99

In 1820 less than a handful of museums existed on the British Isles, and both their form and function were far from what a visitor today would expect, By the beginning of the First World War, not only had over 400 museums been founded in Great Britain, but their place in culture was recognizably close and often identical to the modern one - whether considered in terms of content, forms of display, or modes of access. Although there has never been a single simple and uncontested amount of the character and function of the museum, it is to this period of inception that we turn for the most urgent and compelling debates as to the nature of institions that were set up with such effort and expense in England and all over the world. The goal of this anthology is to allow the reader access to primary sources indicative of the history and development of the museum in the nineteenth century, which is to say, at the moment the modern concept took institutional shape in repsonse to the varied social and cultural debates.