Article | Great Narratives of the Past Traditions and Revisions in National Museums: Conference Proceedings from EuNaMus; European National Museums: Identity Politics; the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen; Paris 28 June – 1 July & 25–26 November 2011 | Inverting the Nation at the British Museum

Title:
Inverting the Nation at the British Museum
Author:
Tiffany Jenkins: Independent sociologist
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Year:
2012
Conference:
Great Narratives of the Past Traditions and Revisions in National Museums: Conference Proceedings from EuNaMus; European National Museums: Identity Politics; the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen; Paris 28 June – 1 July & 25–26 November 2011
Issue:
078
Article no.:
025
Pages:
387-394
No. of pages:
8
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2012-10-30
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


In the last four decades the ideas and practices that the British Museum were historically associated with have come under critical scrutiny; which means the institution requires a new basis for legitimacy. As a consequence; over the last ten years in particular; the discourses about the role of the museum have gradually and subtly altered. In this paper; I suggest that there is a repositioning of the institution away from a surveyor of the world; to a facilitator of world cultures. New discourses position the institution as playing an important role in promoting tolerance amongst peoples in the present. One reason this is necessary; it is suggested; is due to a rise in nationalism. The British Museum was never a museum that presented a nationalist discourse. Instead it surveyed the world. However; the shift which identifies nationalism as a problem and the museum as a solution to it; is a significant departure that requires attention.

Great Narratives of the Past Traditions and Revisions in National Museums: Conference Proceedings from EuNaMus; European National Museums: Identity Politics; the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen; Paris 28 June – 1 July & 25–26 November 2011

Author:
Tiffany Jenkins
Title:
Inverting the Nation at the British Museum
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Great Narratives of the Past Traditions and Revisions in National Museums: Conference Proceedings from EuNaMus; European National Museums: Identity Politics; the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen; Paris 28 June – 1 July & 25–26 November 2011

Author:
Tiffany Jenkins
Title:
Inverting the Nation at the British Museum
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