Museums and the Community in West Africa
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144 Pages

21.6 x 18.5 cm

70 b/w. Illustrations

Series: West African Museums Programme

Imprint: James Currey

Museums and the Community in West Africa

Edited by Claude Daniel Ardouin and Emmanuel Arinze

by Emmanuel Arinze

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How can local and national museums in West Africa work with the communities they represent?
This work draws on the practical experience of the West African Museums Programme in encouraging the establishment of museums which are responsive to local needs and which can contribute in vital ways to the growth and developmentof the community. The contributors argue that in the preservation of the cultural heritage of the community, the focal responsibility falls rather on the local museums than on the centrally-controlled national museums. They suggest that the running of local museums must harmonize with the national museums.

Published in association with The West African Museums Programme and the International African Institute; North America: Smithsonian Institution Press
"The grassroots experience of the contributors leads them to pose fundamental questions and adopt approaches that are refreshingly different from those of many of their European counterparts... . To all the museum workers and archaeologists represented ... it raises ... the relevance of western definitions and interpretations of cultural heritage and should stimulate them to look carefully at what they are doing and how they make decisions about what is to be preserved. -" Elizabeth Friend, AFRICAN RESEARCH & DOCUMENTATION

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9780852552278

January 1995

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Title Details

144 Pages

2.16 x 1.85 cm

70 b/w. Illustrations

Series: West African Museums Programme

Imprint: James Currey