An Assessment of Community Inclusion in the Activities of Bahawalpur Museum, South Punjab Pakistan
Bhatti, Rubina, Library Philosophy and Practice
A museum is a repository containing historical records, often unique or unpublished, which are intended for long-term preservation. It is a non-profit organization committed to preserving the historical record of a place, institution, people, activity or thing.
Museums, as institutional repositories of natural and cultural heritage, have a significant role to play within the community, a role which is advocated - or at least acknowledged - by society at large. The general mandate of museums to preserve and promote the intellectual and cultural heritage and enlighten society as to its heritage is a valued service despite being an enormous task (Mckellar, 1993).
Public heritage in museums facilities comprise physical assets that a community intends preserving indefinitely because of their cultural, historic, recreational or environmental importance. They are often referred to as "community assets", and this name encapsulates much of the nature and purpose of such facilities. They are maintained by the government for cultural, heritage, recreation and other community purposes rather than for the purposes of government administration or income generation (Barton, 2000).
Objectives of the Study
The main objectives of the study are:
* To explore how Bahawalpur Museum is contributing towards the social and cultural growth of its community
* To identify its policies and procedures in community inclusion for maximum accomplishment of its objectives and benefits to the community
To know the community's perception about museum's community-based activities
* To find out and suggest possible measure for further improvement
The study employed six methods for data collection: (i) a document search; (ii) personal communications; (iii) the researchers' participation; (iv) a guided tour to the museum (v); a structured interview with Director; Bahawalpur Museum; (vi) and semi-structured interviews with local community members. Detailed structured interviews aiming to collect data and solicit qualitative information and suggestions for improvements was conducted with Director, Bahawalpur Museum and other staff members. Museum brochures, Leaflets, Pamphlets, Programmes & Events circulars and a guided tour to Galleries of museum were used for data collection.
Researchers also conducted semi-structured interviews with two hundred randomly selected community members i.e., business community, house wives, teachers, students from school to university levels, journalists, doctors, local television and radio artists and other society members.
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Publication information: Article title: An Assessment of Community Inclusion in the Activities of Bahawalpur Museum, South Punjab Pakistan. Contributors: Bhatti, Rubina - Author. Journal title: Library Philosophy and Practice. Publication date: April 2012. Page number: Not available. © 2009 University of Idaho Library. COPYRIGHT 2012 Gale Group.
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