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Introduction—object habits: Legacies of fieldwork and the museum

Stevenson, AE; Libonati, E; Baines, J; (2017) Introduction—object habits: Legacies of fieldwork and the museum. Museum History Journal , 10 (2) pp. 113-126. 10.1080/19369816.2017.1328780. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper introduces the concept of ‘object habits’ for diversifying the scope of museum histories. The term is shorthand referring to an area’s customs relating to objects, taking into account factors that influence the types of things chosen, motivations for collecting, modes of acquisition, temporal variations in procurement, styles of engagements with artefacts or specimens, their treatment, documentation and representation, as well as attitudes to their presentation and reception. These customs emerge not only within the museum or out in the field, but significantly between the two, within the full agency of the world. The articles in this special issue explore the potential of ‘object habits’ in relation to the history of museums and collections across a selection of disciplines and a range of object types, including ancient artefacts, natural history specimens, archival documents, and photographic evidence.

Type: Article
Title: Introduction—object habits: Legacies of fieldwork and the museum
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/19369816.2017.1328780
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19369816.2017.1328780
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2017 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Object habits, fieldwork, object biographies, paleontology, photographs, archaeology, illustrations, ancient Egypt, deaccessioning, transparency
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1555562
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