Introduction: museums and engagement in Queensland: critical contributions to the field

Stroja, Jessica and Persian, Jayne (2018) Introduction: museums and engagement in Queensland: critical contributions to the field. Queensland Review, 25 (2). pp. 187-190. ISSN 1321-8166

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Public and community engagement is a key aim for museum practitioners. Alex Marsden, National Director of Museums Galleries Australia, stated in the Museums Galleries Australia 2017 Annual Report that ‘museums and galleries are hugely trusted sources of information, learning and engagement for people of all ages’ (our emphasis) and that cultural institutions should act as ‘civic forums for exploring what is known about the natural world, art and human history, as well as sharing our social experience, values and identity’.1 A broad statement, Marsden’s suggestion of the trust placed in the role of museums and galleries is supported by ‘extensive Australia Council’ research.2 So what does this really mean for museums, galleries and, by extension, heritage sites? Even more importantly, what does this question mean within the context of the unique Queensland heritage landscape?

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2019 03:12
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 02:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: Museums, Queensland, commemoration
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology

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