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Creating Voices: Ancient to Modern at the Petrie Museum

Author(s): Debbie Challis

Journal: Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies
ISSN 2049-4572

Volume: 10;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 35;
Date: 2012;
Original page

How do you voice the ancient past? How do you speak a language, the pronunciation of which is contested? Can animate objects speak and if they could, what stories would they tell? Who has the right to make those decisions? Here I argue that understanding more about ‘voices’ in the museum can assist us with exploring that nebulous ‘in-between’ space, the space between the story of the object as presented by the museum and the object as perceived by the visitor, rather than simply directing an interpretation narrative.
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