Museums and the Construction of Disciplines: Art and Archaeology in Nineteenth-century Britain (Debates in Archaeology)

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Museums and museum politics were important elements in the development of the disciplines of Archaeology and Art History in nineteenth-century Britain. Here Christopher Whitehead explores some of the key debates and events which led to the conceptual differentiation and physical separation of 'archaeological' and 'artistic' material culture, looking especially at the ways in which objects and histories were contested within museum politics. For example, in the 1850s, the status of Egyptian antiquities as 'art' or 'archaeology' was keenly debated, and this related closely to questions about which kinds of museum should house them and the possible histories and epistemologies in which they might figure. This concise study serves as a basis for a discussion of the continued intellectual legacy of this for our understanding, management and presentation of the past in the museum and in curricula. It is argued that by understanding the politics and circumstances through which the two disciplines were delimited and distinguished from one another we may be able to glimpse, retrospectively, the possibility of alternative art histories and alternative archaeologies.

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Christopher Whitehead is Senior Lecturer in Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies at Newcastle University and author of "The Public Art Museum in 19th Century Britain: the development of the National Gallery" (2005).

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Museums are not just storehouses for old stuff. "Museums and the Construction of Disciplines: Art and Archaeology in Nineteenth-Century Britain" is a scholarly discussion of the debate of museums in the 19th century between what to classify much of the ancient art that was found - was it a representation of art, or should it be icons of that culture? Thought provoking reading about the thin line that divide the two disciplines, "Museums and the Construction of Disciplines" is a fine addition to any scholarly collection comapring archaeology and art.

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