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Morgan J (2020) Doomed?. In: Heritage Futures: Comparative Approaches to Natural and Cultural Heritage Practices. London: UCL Press, pp. 238-248.

First paragraph: As we saw at the end of Chapter 13, sending items from a home to a museum is a way of removing them from one’s immediate surroundings, but it is certainly not about stopping them from being kept for the future. On the contrary, it is a way of trying to ensure that they endure for longer than things usually do in domestic time frames, for ‘the future’ in domestic temporalities is usually only envisaged, if at all, as at most a generation or two. Museums, by contrast, promise a longer, generally unspecified, future – ‘for posterity’; a future, moreover, in which objects will be valued as official heritage.

FundersArts and Humanities Research Council
Publication date31/12/2020
Publication date online20/07/2020
PublisherUCL Press
Place of publicationLondon
ISBN 9781787356023

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Dr Jennie Morgan

Dr Jennie Morgan

Senior Lecturer in Heritage, History