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Introduction: Museums and Biographies - telling stories about people, things and relationships - Kate Hill A Show of Generosity: Donations and the intimacy of display in the 'Cabinet des medailles et antiques' in Paris from 1830 to 1930 - Felicity Bodenstein Introducing Mr Moderna Museet: Pontus Hulten and Sweden's Museum of Modern Art - Stuart Burch Sydney Paviere and the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston - Laura Gray 'His Best Successor': Lady Eastlake and the National Gallery - Julie Sheldon Women, Museums and the Problem of Biography - Anne Whitelaw A Curatocracy: Who and What is a V&A Curator? - Linda Sandino Significant Lives: telling stories of museum architecture - Suzanne MacLeod Schinkel's Museums: Collecting and displaying architecture in Berlin, 1844-1933 - Wallis Miller Personifying the Museum: Incorporation and Biography in American Museum History - Jeffrey Abt Making an Exhibition of Ourselves - Helen Rees Leahy Institutional autobiography and the architecture of the art museum: restoration and remembering at the National Gallery in the 1980s - Chris Whitehead Classifying China: shifting interpretations of Buddhist bronzes in Liverpool Museum, 1867-1997 - Louise Tythacott 'Dressed like an Amazon': the transatlantic trajectory of a red feather coat - Mariana Francozo Individual, collective and institutional biographies: The Beasley collection of Pacific artefacts - Lucie Carreau Sculptural biographies in an anthropological collection: Mrs Milward's Indian 'types' - Mark Elliott Houses and Things: Literary House Museums as Collective Biography - Alison Booth 'Keepers of the Flame': biography, science and personality in the museum - Sophie Forgan National History as Biography: Alexandre Lenoir's Museum of French Monuments - Alexandra Stara Autobiographical museums - Belinda Nemec Who is History? The use of autobiographical accounts in history museums - Steffi De Jong Community biographies: character, rationale and significance - Elizabeth Crooke Endpiece: The Homunculus and the Pantograph, or, Narcissus at the Met - Donald Preziosi


[D]eeply engaging and accessible, providing unique and varied snapshots into the lives and histories of museums and of those associated with them, while at the same time asking deep questions of agency, knowledge, affect, narrative, object, and self. * H-NET *
For the academic historian new to the debate on what makes history in museums, the variety of content, particularly in the latter half of this edited volume gives some sense of the complexity of the subject. There is much of interest that can also be garnered from the first part, not least in considering how museums and their collections came into being. * REVIEWS IN HISTORY *
Informed, informative, and a highly recommended addition to academic library reference collections. * MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW *

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