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Series Spotlight: Leicester Readers in Museum Studies

Studying or teaching Museum Studies? Find out more about our Leicester Readers in Museum Studies series here...

Leicester Readers in Museum Studies are a major landmark in the development of professional training for museums and the cultural heritage. Each volume in the series provides a coherent set of course materials, selected and annotated by the course team of the Department of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, which is widely recognized as a leader in the field of museum training.

Each reader presents key texts for the museum profession, many of which are from journals and other sources which are not widely available. The texts are international, designed for use worldwide, but are largely drawn from sources published in North America, and the United Kingdon. Each volume has a full introduction and notes for further reading.

The readers are designed to be used both for course work and for self-study. They address the key issues confronting museums in the late twentieth century on both a practical and theoretical level. All of the books in this series are available as complimentary exam copies. To request an exam copy, simply click on a book below to go to that book's page and then click on the e-Inspection Copy button to fill out the online request form.

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  2. Preventive Conservation in Museums

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  3. Museums in a Digital Age

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  4. Museums and their Communities

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    Published July 26th 2007 by Routledge

  5. Museums in the Material World

    Edited by Simon Knell

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    Museums in the Material World seeks to both introduce classic and thought-provoking pieces and contrast them with articles which reveal grounded practice. The articles are selected from across the full breadth of museum disciplines and are linked by a logical narrative, as detailed in the section...

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  6. Museum Management and Marketing

    Edited by Richard Sandell, Robert R. Janes

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    Drawing together a selection of high quality, intellectually robust and stimulating articles on both theoretical and practice-based developments in the field, this Reader investigates the closely linked areas of management and marketing in the museum. The articles, from established and...

    Published February 28th 2007 by Routledge