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The museum and multivalences of place

Hourston Hanks, Laura

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Associate Professor


Suzanne MacLeod

Tricia Austin

Oscar Ho Hing-Kay


This chapter contends that an increasing exploration and privileging of place may well define one future direction in the making of museums and galleries and it aims to explore current practice of such enhanced situatedness through a range of contemporary British architectural-exhibition designs. Narratives deployed by the design teams will be critiqued, particularly in respect to the notion of multivalency - having or being susceptible of many applications, interpretations, meanings, or values. In particular, the chapter will differentiate between a heterogeneous mode of place multivalency, compared with an integrated approach, exploring the visitor’s understanding of and response to these different applications.

Acceptance Date Mar 13, 2017
Online Publication Date Jun 18, 2018
Publication Date Jun 13, 2018
Deposit Date Jan 16, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jun 14, 2020
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Pages 86-99
Series Title Museum Meanings
Book Title The Future of Museum and Gallery Design: Purpose, Process, Perception
Chapter Number 7
ISBN 9781138568204, 9781138307322
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