Museum of Ideas: Commitment and Conflict

Just released, here is an excellent compendium of insights from experts working in memory institutions around the world regarding their current practices relating to larger societal issues.

Traditionally museums have been established on the basis of collections. However, some of today’s most challenging and dynamic museums are those founded on the basis of ideas. Their themes may span human rights, social inclusion, peace, war, health, gender, climate change, etc. Their size, budget, scope and ambitions may differ, but they are all driven and committed in a way which tends to set them apart.  Museums of Ideas: Commitment and Conflict provides a unique insight into the operation of these committed, pioneering institutions, highlighting what can be learned from their experiences – and applied to benefit the broader museum community and its users.

In some 35 chapters and 450 pages, this major new books provides an extraordinary overview of the thinking behind the programmes of some of today’s most exciting and challenging museums including the following:

* Canadian Museum of Human Rights
* Happy Museum Project, UK
* Jihad Museum, Afghanistan
* Kyoto Museum for World Peace, Japan
* Levine Museum of the New South, USA
* Liberation War Museum, Bangladesh
* Museum of Broken Relationships, Zagreb
* Museum of Defecation, Delhi
* Museum of Free Derry, UK
* Museum of Historical Memory, Ukraine
* Museum of Sexology, Oslo
* Museum of the English Language
* National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, USA
* President Lincoln’s Cottage, Wqshington DC, USA
* Victims Museum, Afghanistan

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