Publication ‘The Power of the Object’

July 2009

Museums and World War II
Published by MuseumsEtc, ISBN 978-0-9561943-4-3

How do museums deal with contested historical issues? How do you exhibit causes, effects and concepts by means of objects? These are just two of the key issues facing contemporary museums which this important new publication addresses.

The publication explores issues such as these:

  • How do you exhibit causes, effects and concepts by way of objects?
  • Does the role of objects change? Are they still the basis of the museum?
  • Does the public accept our choice and interpretation of objects? If not: why?
  • How do museums deal with contested historical issues?
  • What outside pressures and obligations might a World War II museum be under?
  • What relevance and what future do World War II museums have?

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