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Title: Small museums and identity in socially deprived areas
Authors: Vella, John
Cutajar, JosAnn
Keywords: Small museums -- Social aspects -- Malta
Bir Mula Heritage (Cospicua, Malta)
Social integration -- Malta
Social interaction -- Malta
Ethnology -- Research
People with social disabilities -- Malta -- Cospicua
Bir Mula Heritage (Cospicua, Malta) -- History
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Citation: Vella, J., & Cutajar, J. (2017). Small museums and identity in socially deprived areas. In Z. Antos., A. B. Fromm, & V. Golding (Eds), Museums and innovations (pp. 30-43). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Abstract: This chapter analyses the functions of a small museum in a region which has for decades been labelled as socially deprived (Borg 2012; CACRC 2013). According to Watson (2009, 8), small museums "develop directly from the community they serve." They revolve around the return on investment in the locality in which they are ensconced. Small museums, according to Watson, do not belong to or depend on state or institutional funding, and thus are free to act on the objectives set by their curators. Museums that are non-state or non-institutional face different challenges or limitations, namely challenges of resource self-sufficiency and self-sustainability. In spite of these, they have more impact on the community in which they are embedded since they tend to promote the interests and heritage of the people living in the area.
ISBN: 9781443812689
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