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Museums at the Crossroads?

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In this collection of illuminating essays, Jack Lohman shares his views on the role of museums in the various cultures of the world, on the importance of architecture and design in the personality of a museum, on the challenges of creating resilient cultural institutions in the face of financial crises, and much more. He speaks from the heart and from his many years of experience in some of the great museums, in London, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Warsaw and many other cities around the world.
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Professor Jack Lohman is chief executive officer of the Royal British Columbia Museum and Archives in Victoria and professor in museum design at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway. Before coming to Canada, he was chairman of the National Museum in Warsaw, director of the Museum of London and chief executive officer of Iziko Museums of Cape Town.


One of the most insightful observations made in this book (there are many) lies in Lohman's commentary on research. He argues that, "we are [possibly] not rigorous enough in museums and archives about setting new research agendas. We react to collections rather than create them. Underlying all of Lohman's papers is an anxiety regarding the decline of the museum, but if Museums at the Crossroads? is read as a how-to manual or field guide for museum directors, then the future looks promising. Canadian Literature, Issue 227

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