Tales From the Front Line: Politics, Teaching, and Museum Collections

Author(s): Giovanna Vitelli

Year: 2018


The tensions between stewardship, scholarship and access to collections often play out on a local scale, as contests for funding and resources. Cultivating support and funding for the long-term needs of a museum or repository is a fight for recognition of their value, and takes place in the corridors of power and among people who serve a bigger cause.Aligning with university strategic plans and policies has limited traction unless we do the work and demonstrate how collections are of central relevance to the teaching and research mainstream. Using Oxford as a case study, I share the lessons learned in reanimating university collections, as this may have relevance as a model for collections advocacy on a wider scale.

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Tales From the Front Line: Politics, Teaching, and Museum Collections. Giovanna Vitelli. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, New Orleans, Louisiana. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441204)


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