Festligt, folkligt, fullsatt? Offentlig debatt om Historiska museets publika verksamhet från Den Svenska Historien till Sveriges Historia
2014 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Festive, Popular, Crowed? Public Debate about the Public Activities of the Swedish History Museum from The Swedish History to History of Sweden : (English)
The thesis concerns public debate on the public activities of The Swedish History Museum (Historiska museet) in Stockholm between the years 1992 and 2011. Moreover, the thesis contribute with knowledge on how basic didactic questions regarding a single national museum has been answered in the public debate over time. Standpoints on what should be exhibited, how this should be done, to/with whom the mediation of history should be addressed/communicated and, what mission in society The Swedish History Museum’s is considered to be, is summed up in the concept of “exhibition ideal”.
The research concerns four public debates; the debate about the exhibition The Swedish History (Den Svenska Historien), the debate about Kristian Berg, the debate about the free entry reform and, a less extensive debate about the exhibition History of Sweden (Sveriges Historia).
A further aim of the dissertation is to put the publicly expressed positions on The Swedish History Museum in a wider historical-cultural context. Also, the study is related to other museums and other history communicating arenas. The debates coincides in time with challenges for the museum sector to deal with new perspectives in museology and cultural heritage research. The emergence of a multi-cultural society and the questioning of grand narratives are mentioned as examples. The emergence and strengthening of a broader history didactic discipline in Sweden, where a basic starting point is that the story is communicated in several different arenas with their own competencies, are also brought into the analysis. Historians and archaeologists tend to become silent in the recent debates about The Swedish History Museum’s public activities as the debates are less focused on content. The debates tends to be more “museum internal”, even in cases where there is opportunity to debate specific historical and archaeological content in the exhibitions. It appears, nevertheless, that the overall conflict around the public museum activities has reached the public spotlight through newspapers, radio and TV. Alongside with visits to the museum public debate are assumed to contribute to citizens’ own view of what museums should exhibit, how this should be done, to/with whom the mediation of history should be addressed/communicated and what the museum’s mission in society is.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Jönköping: Högskolan för lärande och kommunikation , 2014. , 332 p.
Doktorsavhandlingar från Högskolan för lärande och kommunikation, ISSN 1652-7933 ; 25
The Swedish History Museum, National Historical Museum, Museum of National Antiquities, didactics, history, history culture, mediation of history, public debate, exhibition, ideal, museum, Den Svenska Historien, Kristian Berg, free entry, Sveriges historia
History and Archaeology Didactics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-23771ISBN: 978-91-628-9056-8 (digital)ISBN: 978-91-628-9007-0 (tryckt)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-23771DiVA: diva2:716338
2014-06-05, Hb116 på HLK, Jönköping, 13:15