General Works - Museum Studies
- Siegel, Jonah (ed.), The Emergence of the Modern Museum: an anthology of nineteenth-century sources
- Bryant, Margaret E., The Museum and the School
- Kavanagh, Gaynor, A Bibliography for History, History Curatorship, and Museums
- Reynard, Keith W. (ed.), The Aslib Directory of Literary and Historical Collections in the UK
- Walkowitz, Daniel J. and Knauer, Lisa Maya (eds.), Contested Histories in Public Space: memory, race, and nation
- Bennett, Tony and Joyce, Patrick (eds.), Material Powers: cultural studies, history and the material turn
- Harvey, Karen, History and Material Culture: a student's guide to approaching alternative sources
- Bench, Raney, Interpreting Native American History and Culture at Museums and Historic Sites
- Gerritsen, Anne and Riello, Giorgio (eds.), Writing Material Culture History
- Cauvin, Thomas, Public History: a textbook of practice
General Works - Heritage Studies
- Cowell, Ben, The Heritage Obsession: the battle for England's past
- de Groot, Jerome, Consuming History: historians and heritage in contemporary popular culture
- Betts, Paul and Ross, Corey (eds.), Heritage in the Modern World: historical preservation in global perspective
- Roued-Cunliffe, Henriette and Andrea Copeland, Andrea (eds.), Participatory Heritage
- Raymond, Stuart A., British History and Heritage on the Web: a directory
- Rampley, Matthew (ed.), Heritage, Ideology, and Identity in Central and Eastern Europe: contested pasts, contested presents
- Swenson, Astrid, Rise of Heritage: preserving the past in France, Germany and England, 1789-1914
- Jensen, Lotte, Leerssen, Joep, and Mathijsen, Marita (eds.), Free Access to the Past: romanticism, cultural heritage and the nation
- Hill, Jeffrey, Moore, Kevin, and Wood, Jason (eds.), Sport, History, and Heritage: studies in public representation
- Macdonald, Sharon, Memorylands: heritage and identity in Europe today
- Wieringa, Saskia E. (ed.), Traveling Heritages: new perspectives on collecting, preserving, and sharing women's history
Trade and Organisational Histories
The library contains several resources on the appointments of staff, acquisitions, visitor guides, and changes to the management and running of museums.
- Mortimer, Thomas, The Universal Director, or, The nobleman and gentleman's true guide to the masters and professors of the liberal and polite arts and sciences, and of the mechanic arts, manufactures, and trades, established in London and Westminster, and their environs provides a full list of names, titles and addresses of the 'Masters and Professors of the Polite and Liberal Arts and Sciences'.
- The Dominion Annual Register and Review, 1883 provides an overview of the activities of several museums and art academies across Canada. For example, details of the annual meeting, staff appointments, exhibitions and acquisitions are provided for the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
- The library has holdings of museum visitor guides including, Guide to the Institute of Agricultural History and Museum of English Rural Life and Musée des antiquités de la Seine-Inférieure.
- London Statistics series provides visitor numbers, accounts and details of the establishment of museums and libraries in London from 1905-1961.
- Pearce, Susan (ed.), Visions of Antiquity: the Society of Antiquaries of London, 1707-2007
Parliamentary and Legal Sources
A range of parliamentary sources are held for different countries, including Parliamentary Debates and Proceedings, Petitions and Reports and Acts of Parliament. Examples covering the subject include:
- New museums: Bill to enable Town Councils to establish Museums of Art in Corporate Towns 1845. Bill to provide Site for National Portrait Gallery 1889.
- Museum attendance: Annual reports listing visitor numbers, opening times and costs for attending, e.g. South Kensington Museum 1857-8.
- Museum access: Bill on removing museum admission charges, Museums and Galleries Admission Charges Act 1971, accessed via ProQuest UK Parliamentary Papers.
- Museum governance: Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964 (Amendment) brought in 2010 - House of Commons sessional papers, accessed via Hansard on UK Parliament website.
Newspapers and Testimonies
- The Times Digital Archive 1785-2011 has a range of resources relevant for the study of the establishment of museums, openings, public opinions and exhibition details. For example, an article entitled 'The Museum in New York' (January 1884), details a trial taking place in the United States Circuit Court concerning the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The article states that, 'the people of the city have taken the deepest interest in its progress.The museum is the pet of New York's best and most refined society. The attack upon the validity of the chief ornament of the museum, the Cesnola collection, has been a shock to New York pride.'
- Nineteenth Century British Library Newspapers provides a range of materials on museums including advertisements, news articles and opinion pieces. One example from The York Herald, (February 1857), details that the Council of the Society of Arts, 'are of the opinion that the time has arrived...to give just facilities across the United Kingdom for acquiring knowledge in art and science.'
- Breitenbach, Esther (ed.), Scottish Women: a documentary history, 1780-1914
- Lach-Szyrma, Krystyn, From Charlotte Square to Fingal's Cave: reminiscences of a journey through Scotland 1820-1824 notes of the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow, 'Thence we proceeded to the Hunterian Museum, which belongs to the University and lies within its precincts. It is a rich collection of animals, plants, minerals, medals and manuscripts left by the famous doctor Hunter who studied at this University. The collection is valued at £120,000.'
Case study - The British Museum
- Harris, P.R., A History of the British Museum Library, 1753-1973
- Esdaile, Arundell, The British Museum Library: a short history and survey
- Fagan, Louis, The Life of Sir Anthony Panizzi: late principal librarian of the British Museum
- Kehoe, Sara Elisabeth, The British Museum: The cultural politics of a national institution, 1906-1939
- British Museum Department of Manuscripts, British Museum Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts: the Gladstone papers
- British Museum Quarterly
- Lach-Szyrma, Krystyn, London Observed: a Polish philosopher at large, 1820-24 devotes a chapter to the British Museum, noting that 'both the British and foreigners visit it in great numbers and it is customary for visitors to sign their names in a book. The numbers give some idea of the nation's growing curiosity and, perhaps, education.' He records over 120,000 people visiting the museum in 1825.
Case study - Imperial War Museum
In March 1917, the War Cabinet approved the formation of a National War Museum and it was noted in the Museum's first annual report that, 'the main lines on which the future Institution will be constructed have been laid down, and a small nucleus staff has been engaged.' The library contains a range of material, both relating to the history of the institution and to the development of its collections. Selected examples include:
Electronic Resources, Theses and Journals
A full list of electronic resources available within the library can be found here. Selected relevant examples for museum studies and heritage include:
Relevant theses held in the library's collections include:
Current copies of most journals are on open access in the current periodical room on the ground floor and back issues can be ordered from the onsite store. Many are also available online within the building via the links on the catalogue entry. Selected relevant examples concerning museum and heritage studies include: