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The relevance of natural history dioramas for sociocultural issues

Reiss, MJ; (2019) The relevance of natural history dioramas for sociocultural issues. In: Scheersoi, A and Tunnicliffe, SD, (eds.) Natural History Dioramas – Traditional Exhibits for Current Educational Themes. (pp. 201-211). Springer: Cham, Switzerland. Green open access

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Abstract

Tremendous care is generally taken in the design and construction of natural history dioramas, yet any diorama may be read in a number of ways. In this chapter I review the other chapters in this book and look at the extent to which they take seriously the importance of sociocultural issues for natural history dioramas and the importance of natural history dioramas for sociocultural issues. The reality is that dioramas present a distinctive staging of reality. This is not to imply that they are fictional but to acknowledge that their construction (some would say fabrication) results in a dance between the intentions of those who design and construct them, the dioramas themselves and their audiences. This gives dioramas great potential both as tools for education and as tools for cultural reflection and critique.

Type: Book chapter
Title: The relevance of natural history dioramas for sociocultural issues
ISBN: 303000208X
ISBN-13: 9783030002084
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-00208-4_14
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-00208-4_14
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Natural history dioramas, Sociocultural issues, Museums
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10061748
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