New publication examines museum ethics

Posted by vm64 at May 12, 2011 01:50 PM |
New book edited by University of Leicester academic rethinks museum ethics

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 12 May 2011

Programme Director of Art Museum and Gallery Studies at the internationally acclaimed University of Leicester School of Museum Studies Dr Janet Marstine is the editor of a new book taking a radical new approach to museum ethics.

The Routledge Companion to Museum Ethics includes twenty-seven chapters by an international and interdisciplinary group of academics and practitioners exploring contemporary museum ethics as an opportunity for growth, rather than a burden of compliance.

The book argues that museum ethics should be defined by social responsibility, radical transparency and shared guardianship of heritage. It also advances the concept that museum ethics is more than the personal and professional ethics of individuals and concerns the capacity of institutions to generate self-reflective and activist practice. 

Ethics is embedded in all areas of the museum sector and the volume covers a wide range of museum activity from exhibitions to marketing.   It also offers an understanding of the way in which museum ethics and its fluid, ever-shifting sensibility in the twenty-first century interacts with complex economic, social, political and technological forces.

Funding for this publication was provided, in part, through a grant award to Seton Hall University through the 21st Century Museum Professionals Grants program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Routledge Companion to Museum Ethics: Redefining Ethics for the Twenty-First Century Museum, edited by Janet C. Marstine and published by Routledge, will be available from June 21st. 

Notes to Editors: Further details are available from Janet Marstine, Lecturer and Programme Director, Art Museum and Gallery Studies, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, tel +44 (0)116-252-3971, 



Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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