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Simon Popple, Andrew Prescott, and Daniel Mutibwa

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447341895

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447341895.001.0001

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Rising beyond museological practice and use: a model for community and museum partnerships working towards modern curatorship in this day and age

Rising beyond museological practice and use: a model for community and museum partnerships working towards modern curatorship in this day and age

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Communities, Archives and New Collaborative Practices
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Daniel H. Mutibwa

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447341895.003.0008

This chapter discusses effective ways to develop relationships between communities and museums around shared cultural agendas, practice, and knowledge exchange. Through the lens of an eight-month pilot that emerged from the Pararchive project and was partnered by the National Media Museum (NMeM), Bradford, the chapter addresses what it means to access a dormant but invaluable national archive and associative collections from the position of differently situated community groups. It highlights how the Pararchive–National Media Museum partnership (PNMeM) promoted opportunities for community groups to select, document, and creatively exploit archival resources in ways in which conventional museological practice and use do not allow. The chapter also outlines the key challenges encountered. In doing so, this chapter draws on detailed notes generated through participant observation, on the study of relevant documents and artefacts, and on important insights gained from audio recordings of relevant project meetings and an evaluative end-of-project workshop.

Keywords:   museums, shared cultural agendas, knowledge exchange, Pararchive, National media Museum, Pararchive–National Media Museum partnership, PNMeM, NMeM, archival resources, museological practice

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