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Beryl Graham talks at Tate Modern, at the ‘Cultural Value and the Digital’ conference

Posted by Helen Moore, Marketing Manager

Beryl Graham, author of New Collecting: Exhibiting and Audiences after New Media Art gave a talk at the Tate Modern earlier this week, taking part in the conference Cultural value and the digital: practice, policy and theory, the culmination of a research project and series of eight public workshops, to explore how conceptions of cultural value are currently operating and could be examined in relationship to digital media and museums.

This research project focused on Tate’s digital practices and policies as well as the practices of other UK and European Museums that shape contemporary production of culture; a context which is transformed or challenged by current digital technologies and network culture.

New Collecting_Graham PPC_new collectingBeryl Graham’s book New Collecting: Exhibiting and Audiences after New Media Art sets out to explore the many new challenges faced by curators and collectors of new media art

‘This is essential reading for artists, curators, art historians, students and anyone else interested in creating, commissioning, collecting, exhibiting and documenting new media art. The authors provide an excellent overview of the challenges involved in dealing with 21st-century artworks that are “not easy to collect”.’   Douglas Dodds, Victoria and Albert Museum, UK

‘New forms of art production necessitate new ways of thinking about exhibiting and collecting. This book fills a gap in the field by directly addressing the challenge for curators and audiences alike in exploring ways that do not simply replicate old models but redefine possibilities of what is collected, how, and for whom.’   Joasia Krysa, Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark

Beryl Graham is Professor of New Media Art, at the University of Sunderland, UK and co-founder and editor of CRUMB, the resource for curators of new media art. She curated the international exhibition Serious Games for the Laing and Barbican art galleries, and has also worked with The Exploratorium, San Francisco, and San Francisco Camerawork.  Beryl Graham has presented papers at conferences including Decoding the Digital (Victoria and Albert Museum).

Ashgate at the Museums Association conference 2013, Liverpool

Dymphna Evans and Helen Moore are attending the Museums Association conference in Liverpool next week, 11-12th November.

Please visit us on stand 3, see our latest books, meet our authors and chat about any ideas you might have for book proposals. There will be a daily prize draw to win a book of your choice, huge discounts on display copies and more free treats, so please come a say ‘hello’.

Museums Association delegates are entitled to a 30% discount on a range of Museums Studies, Cultural and Heritage Management books, but if you’re unable to attend, we are extending the discount for a limited period. Take advantage of the conference discount at www.ashgate.com/MALiverpool.

New books which will be on display include:

Museums, Health and Well-Being (Helen Chatterjee, University College London and Guy Noble, University College London Hospitals)

Curious Lessons in the Museum: The Pedagogic Potential of Artists’ Interventions (Claire Robins, Institute of Education, University of London)

Museums and Public Value: Creating Sustainable Futures (Edited by Carol A. Scott, Carol Scott Associates)

Museums Health and Welleing Curious Lessons in the Museum Museums and Public Value

We’re looking forward to meeting you in Liverpool!

Museums and Public Value

Originally posted on Intentional Museum:

Museums and Public ValueThis week we welcome our guest blogger Carol Ann Scott, editor of Museums and Public Value: Creating Sustainable Futures!

Randi Korn & Associates invited me to guest blog on a subject that has important links to intentionality. My passion is the value of museums- how we articulate that value, measure it and create it. So today, I am blogging about the third aspect- the value we create. With that in mind, I want to look at what Mark Moore’s theory of Public Value has to offer museums when we purposefully set out to create value.

Moore’s Creating Public Value: Strategic Management in Government (1995) may be familiar to many of you. In Moore’s view, publically funded organisations are charged with directing their assets to creating value with a strong focus on social change and improvement. This type of value is about more than visitor satisfaction. It is directed…

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Ashgate’s Cultural and Heritage Management publishing programme is growing

Posted by Nigel Farrow, Chairman of the Ashgate Publishing Group

Our new catalogue of books on the policies, practice and history of culture and heritage management is now available. It represents Ashgate’s commitment to publish widely in these fields.

In the year of the London Olympic Games it is hardly necessary to stress the economic importance or international impact of major cultural events and institutions in contemporary society.

The new and recent titles in the Cultural and Heritage Management catalogue reflect scholarship and experience from many different parts of the world.

It is, perhaps, appropriate that an international, British-based publisher such as Ashgate should focus on this subject. Britain is an old country with long established and justly celebrated cultural institutions.

However, it is in the more recently developed or developing regions of the world that some of the most exciting new cultural initiatives are being made. And everywhere there is a challenge to present and preserve the heritage of humanity for future generations in the face of economic turbulence and physical conflicts.

Museum experience for the attendees has greatly improved in recent times as museums strive to widen the access to their collections and exhibitions.

Frank den Oudsten’s space.time.narrative: the exhibition as post-spectacular stage presents new and important insights into this experience and has contributions from Europe’s leading exhibition designers.

Archives, Museums and Collecting Practices in the Modern Arab World is a pioneering survey of practice in region that is rich in historical and cultural artefacts.

Among a range of new Heritage Studies titles are two which deal with the impact of iconic historical events and myths on national indentities today. Ireland’s 1916 Rising explores history-making and commemoration as the centenary of one of Ireland’s great events approaches. The Dracula Dilemma looks at the way that Romania has negotiated ‘Dracula tourism’ over the last four decades.

The catalogue lists the first titles in two important new or revived series.

Handbooks in International Art Business is a series published by our Lund Humphries imprint in association with Sotheby’s Institute of Art. This series draws upon the knowledge and experience of members of the faculties of the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, New York and Singapore. The first two titles are Chinese Antiquities: an introduction to the art market and Corporate Art Collections: a handbook to corporate buying.

The other series is an old friend who has much grown and is now dressed in a splendid new suit of clothes. Practical Building Conservation is a fully revised series of practical handbooks that is published in association with English Heritage. The original titles were published in 1988 and established themselves as standard reference books. The new series has extended the number of titles to a 10-volume set and all the books copiously illustrated in colour. The series covers all the main materials and building processes to be found in historic buildings.

The main contribution to the catalogue from our Gower business books imprint is The Cultural Leadership Handbook: how to run a creative organization. This title reflects the course of study for future leaders of cultural and heritage institutions that has been pioneered by the authors, Robert Hewison and John Holden, at the City University, London.

Several of the publishing programmes and series listed here are in their infancy. There is much more to come. So I hope that next time you hear the word culture you reach not for your gun* but for the Ashgate catalogue.

Nigel Farrow

Chairman, Ashgate Publishing Group

*As this is a scholarly catalogue for scholarly people, one should correct the general attribution this much used and abused remark. It may have been used by Göring, or Hess or Himmler, to name some very unpleasant people, but it actually originates in Hanns Johst’s 1933 play, Schlageter, “Wenn ich Kultur höre … entsichere ich meinen Browning” (“Whenever I hear of culture … I release the safety-catch of my Browning”).

View a pdf version of the Cultural and Heritage Management catalogue on our website

Do you have a book proposal?

We are actively commissioning new books in many areas of Cultural and Heritage Management. To discuss new ideas and proposals please contact the relevant commissioning editor:

Museums and Heritage Management – Dymphna Evans, Imogen Abed

Heritage and Identity series, Cultural Geography – Val Rose

Cultural Policy and Leadership – Martin West (Gower)

The Business of Art – Lucy Myers (Lund Humphries)

Top Ten Museum Education books of 2011

The Museum Education Monitor recently published their (almost!) final listing of the top ten Museum Education books of 2011 on their blog.

We are delighted to have two books in this list: Using Museums as an Educational Resource (Graeme Talboys) and The Cultural Leadership Handbook (by Robert Hewison and John Holden, and published by our sister imprint Gower).

The second edition of Using Museums as an Educational Resource takes account of the ongoing changes in both museums and education to provide a comprehensive introduction for student teachers, practising teachers and other educators to all that is required to make good educational use of museums.

About the Author: Graeme K. Talboys has a degree in philosophy and education as well as a teaching qualification.  He has considerable experience as a teacher, community education worker, and museum education officer.

The Cultural Leadership Handbook enables arts leaders to move from ‘just’ administration to becoming cultural entrepreneurs, turning good ideas into good business. This book will give you the edge, enabling to you to show creative leadership at any level in a cultural organization, regardless of whether your particular interest is the performing arts, museums and art galleries, heritage, publishing, films, broadcasting or new media.

About the authors: Robert Hewison is Professor of Cultural Policy and Leadership Studies at City University London and an Associate of the think tank Demos. As a cultural consultant he has worked with the South Bank Centre, the Greater London Authority, Arts Council England and the North West Cultural Consortium. John Holden is a visiting Professor at City University and an Associate at Demos. He was an investment banker before changing careers to run Business in the Arts South. He was Chair of the Anvil arts venue in Basingstoke, and now sits on the Board of the Hepworth, Wakefield and the Advisory Board of the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

New edition of Museum Educator’s Handbook – a word from the author

Museum Educator's Handbook

This year we’re delighted to have published the third edition of Graeme Talboys’ Museum Educator’s Handbook. Here are a few words from the author about the new edition:

It’s a great privilege to be able to produce a third edition of this work. This builds on the success of the previous two editions and has been comprehensively updated in order to reflect not only the increased importance of the role of museums in all levels of education, but also the increased use of and reliance on computers and the internet.

As well as the logistics of setting up and running a museum education service, the book contains guidance on creation and maintenance of policy as well as marketing. There are also new sections on quality assurance and the importance and implementation of risk management.

Encouraging teachers to visit museums with their students

Posted by Helen Moore, Marketing Manager (Information & Cultural Management)

Museum visits and out of school teaching bring learning to life by deepening young people’s understanding of history, culture and improving their personal development. 

Children in England and Wales spend too much time in the classroom according to a report by MPs. Earlier this year, the Children Schools and Families Committee highlighted teacher training as one of the barriers to getting more pupils out of the classroom. The report said a lack of training meant new teachers did not have the confidence to lead trips. The committee also said health and safety fears discouraged teachers from organizing visits outside school.

Using Museums as an Educational Resource

The new edition of Using Museums as an Educational Resource: An Introductory Handbook for Students and Teachers (Graeme Talboys) is designed to give teachers all the tools to overcome these fears and organize a successful school trip.

Graeme Talboys draws on his considerable experience as a teacher, community education worker, and museum education officer. He has based his text on tried and tested lectures and practical sessions, offering a complete practical guide to planning, preparing and conducting a museum visit, including risk assessment and follow-up activities.

More about Using Museums as an Educational Resource: An Introductory Handbook for Students and Teachers