Museums and Their Visitors

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1 Students at Liverpool University study museum objects. 7
2 The Law Uk Folk Museum, Hong Kong. 11
3 The interior of the Law Uk Folk Museum. 13
4 Trying on hats in the exhibition ‘Yesterday’s Children’ at the Barbados Museum. 16
5 The African mask adds to the atmosphere of the sleepover at the Barbados Museum. 17
6 Communication as a two-way process. Current and former pupils of Northam First School, Southampton. 38
7 The communication process continues. Current and former pupils of Northam First School, Southampton. 39
8 Interactive exhibits at the Museum of Science and Industry, Birmingham. 79
9 Teachers at an in-service training day at Southampton Museum. 105
10 A boy with impaired vision handles a sculpture from the ‘Freedom to Touch’ exhibition at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 109
11 Children dressed in replica Victorian costume explore the old walled town of Stirling with the museum education officer. 141
12 The Victorian schoolroom at Ironbridge Gorge Museum in Shropshire. 147
13 Two 11-year-old girls making a working model of the winding gear at the top of a coal-mine at Ironbridge Gorge Museum in Shropshire. 149
14 Children at St John’s House, Warwick, are shown how the washing was done using nineteenth-century artefacts. 156
15 Children at St John’s House, Warwick, try out the washing process for themselves. 157
16 Examining a small group of specimens in the Science Centre in São Paulo, Brazil. 167

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Plates ix
  • Figures xi
  • Tables xiii
  • Acknowledgements xv
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - Forces for Change 6
  • 2 - Communication in Theory and Practice 35
  • 3 - Who Goes to Museums? 54
  • 4 - Research and Evaluation 69
  • 5 - Welcoming Visitors 84
  • 6 - Responding to Visitor Needs 100
  • 7 - Language and Texts 115
  • 8 - Museums: Ideal Learning Environments 140
  • 9 - Managing Museums for Visitors 171
  • Glossary 183
  • Bibliography 185
  • Index 198
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