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Our Greatest Artefact: The City. Essays on cities and museums about them. Marlen Mouliou, Ian Jones, Eric Sandweiss eds. Istanbul: CAMOC, 2013. This is an ebook of papers from our conferences in Istanbul, Shanghai, and Berlin. published by CAMOC and available here for free download.
City Museums and City Development. Ian Jones, Robert R. Macdonald, Darryl McIntyre eds. Lanham: Altamira Press, 2008.
Contributions from: Marie Louise Bourbeau, Caroline Butler-Bowden, Szu-yun Chang, Chi-jung Chu, Anja Dauschek, Geoffrey Edwards, Max Hebditch, Susan Hunt, Ian Jones, Jack Lohman, Marlen Mouliou, Gulchachak Rakhimzyanovna Nazipova, Chet Orloff, Georges Prévélakis, and Eric Sandweiss. 978-0-7591-1180-6 (hardback), 978-0-7591-1181-3 (paperback). Available for purchase directly from Altamira Press (there is a 15% discount for ICOM members).
Traditionally, city museums have been keepers of city history. Many have been exercises in nostalgia, reflecting city pride. However, a new generation of museums focuses increasingly on the city's present and future as well as its past, and on the city in all of its diversity, challenges, and possibilities. Above all, these museums are gateways to understanding the city—our greatest and most complex creation and the place where half the world's population now lives. In this book, experts in the field explore this 'new' city museum and the challenge of contributing positively to city development.
"Cities need museums like people need memories: not as a repository of their past, but as a token of their identity and a guide to the future. Here is a unique survey of city museums from the five continents, museums for global cities and modest country towns to stimulate discussion about their varied functions - from archive to development workshop."
-Joseph Rykwert, Paul Philippe Cret Professor of Architecture Emeritus and Professor of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania and author, among other works, of The Seduction of Place: The City in the Twenty-First Century; The Idea of a Town: The Anthropology of Urban Form in Rome, Italy, and The Ancient World; The Dancing Column: On Order in Architecture.
"This book brings together the latest thinking and scholarship on a topic that is critical to the future of all museums. City museums, more than any other topic specific cultural institutions, carry not only the seeds of memory but bear the responsibility of reflecting the increasingly diverse populations they serve. These museums, through their programs, bring relevance to their various publics, serve as places of discussion and civil discourse, and ultimately inform and enlighten their citizens."
Sal Cilella, Director, Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, USA
Urban Life and Museums. Isabelle Vinson ed. A special edition of UNESCO’s Museum International, No 231, Paris September 2006. Papers from our Boston conference. Available for download through Wiley Online Library.
City Museums and the Future of the City Proceedings in Korean and English of the CAMOC conference in Seoul, Seoul History Museum, Seoul 2010
A Better City Proceedings in Chinese and English of the CAMOC conference in Shanghai 2010, Zhang Lan ed., Shanghai History Museum, Shanghai 2010