Scholars, Travellers, and Trade: The Pioneer Years of the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, 1818-1840

Synopsis

Today, the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden is internationally known for its outstanding archaeological collections.This book tells the dramatic story of Reuvens' struggle to establish the museum, with battles against rival scholars, red tape and the Dutch attitude of neglect towards archaeological monuments.The book throws new light on the process of creating a national museum, and the difficulties of convincing society of the value of the past, and introduces scholars of museum and cultural studies to this fascinating subject.

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