Museum collection disposal: the role of museological value discussions in collection management

The Museum Review

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Title Museum collection disposal: the role of museological value discussions in collection management
Creator Robbins, PhD, Nina
Description This paper presents the results of a doctoral dissertation, Museum Collection Disposal, completed at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) in 2016. The research focused on collection management, particularly the issue of disposal in Finnish art museums. A survey conducted in 2012 forms the core of the study. The survey collected museum professionals’ opinions on the topic of disposal, and examined their concrete actions surrounding disposals. The study sought to determine whether a collective view of disposal could be established and shared by most art museum professionals throughout Finland. The study showed that disposal is a very broad subject, and a lot of information surrounding disposals in Finnish art museums is still tacit. The disposal process itself can be time consuming because all theoretical and logistical decisions must be established before any concrete outcomes become possible. Furthermore, the issue of disposal must be addressed as early as in an object’s acquisition phase. Preliminary assumptions indicate that disposal has been widely discussed in Finnish art museums, but that concrete actions have been rare. The study demonstrated that the role of museological value discussions is significant when decisions about museums’ core collections are made.
Publisher Rogers Publishing Corporation NFP
Date 2017-07-12
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Format application/pdf
Source The Museum Review; Vol 2 No 1 (2017)
Language eng
Rights Copyright (c) 2018 Nina Robbins, PhD

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