Museums, Nations, Identities

Wales and its National Museums

Rhiannon Mason

Rhiannon Mason

Distributed for University of Wales Press

256 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2
Cloth $50.00 ISBN: 9780708319727 Published October 2007 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Museums play an important role not only shaping a society’s view of its past, but also its understanding of national identity in the present moment. This fascinating volume explores the varying ways in which Wales and Welsh identity have been represented in the nation’s museums over the years. Beginning with a proposal for the creation of a National Museum in the 1880s and ending with devolution, Museums, Nations, Identities examines how Wales’s museums are continually enlisted to narrate certain national stories as opposed to others—and what this indicates about the changing perceptions of Welsh identity in the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries.
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