publication . Article . 2013

Salvage Stories, Preserving Narratives, and Museum Ships

Andrew Sawyer;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Nov 2013 Journal: Museum & Society (issn: 1479-8360, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: University of Leicester
Preserved ships and other vessels are associated with a historiography, in Europe at least, which is still marked by parochialism, antiquarianism, and celebratory narrative. Many evidence difficult histories, and they are also extremely expensive to preserve. Yet, they are clearly valued, as nations in Europe invest heavily in them. This survey examines a range of European examples as sites of cultural, political and national identity. An analytical framework foregrounding the role of narrative and story reveals three aspects to these exhibits: explicit stories connected with specific nations, often reinforcing broader, sometimes implicit, national narratives; a...
free text keywords: Museums. Collectors and collecting, AM1-501
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