Post-modernising the museum: the ration shed

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Smith, Carly. 2014. "Post-modernising the museum: the ration shed." Historical Encounters. 1 (1), pp. 32-49.
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Post-modernising the museum: the ration shed

ERA Journal ID210554
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AuthorSmith, Carly
Journal TitleHistorical Encounters
Journal Citation1 (1), pp. 32-49
Number of Pages18
Year2014
PublisherUniversity of Newcastle
Place of PublicationNewcastle, Australia
ISSN2203-7543
Web Address (URL)http://hej.hermes-history.net/index.php/HEJ/index
Abstract

The application of postmodern critical theory to the essentially modernist construct of the museum has significantly impacted the role of the contemporary museum within society. This article briefly describes the movement toward a ‘new museology’ and the subsequent emergence of the ‘post-museum’. It then presents a case study of the Ration Shed Museum in the historical precinct of Cherbourg, Queensland, as an example of this new ‘post-museum’. Through its application of postmodern critical theory, the Ration Shed Museum has détourned the construct of the modernist museum and applied its cultural logics in order to meet the specific needs of its local community. This museum presents a history previously overlooked by western grand narratives and offers insight into a contemporary local indigenous community on its own terms. It presents a public pedagogy where the agency of both the viewer and the museum itself is embraced, and promotes active engagement – a form of dialogue – between the viewer, the community and the museum’s curators.

Keywordsmuseums, museology, post-museum, postmodernism, Cherbourg QLD
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470213. Postcolonial studies
430299. Heritage, archive and museum studies not elsewhere classified
Byline AffiliationsSchool of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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