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Director of Museum Studies, Peter H. Welsh, Published Article on Contemporary Museum Studies Training

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

As the world evolves, so too do museums, and so must museum studies programs.  Dr. Peter H. Welsh, director and professor of the Museum Studies program at KU, published an article in the latest edition of Museum Management and Curatorship.  His piece, “Preparing a new generation: thoughts on contemporary museum studies training” dives in to the concepts behind the design of the new museum studies program requirements at KU.

Abstract

In this paper, I examine the development of museum studies training in the USA; offer an updated definition of what constitutes ‘a museum’; describe and discuss three conceptual domains that underlie and penetrate all museum work; and review the professional areas of museum work. I then propose a multi-tiered approach to museum studies training that, I argue, would effectively prepare the next generation of museum workers for leadership that will keep museums relevant to society.

Museum Management and Curatorship, 2013

Vol. 28, No. 5, 436-454, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09647775.2013.850830



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