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Title(Re)visiting the industrial past - representation and meaning at Nova Scotia's museum of industry
AuthorJack, Meghann E. (Meghann Elizabeth), 1986-
DescriptionThesis (M.A.)--Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2010. Folklore
Paginationvi, 181 leaves : col. ill.
SubjectNova Scotia Museum--Museum of Industry; Industrial museums--Social aspects--Nova Scotia; Industries--Nova Scotia--History; Nova Scotia--Civilization;
Degree GrantorMemorial University of Newfoundland. Dept. of Folklore
Spatial CoverageCanada--Nova Scotia
NotesIncludes bibliographical references (leaves 176-181)
AbstractThis thesis examines questions of representation and meaning at the Museum of Industry, a part of the Nova Scotia Museum, located in Stellarton, Nova Scotia. An ethnographic approach to studying a museum, it views the Museum of Industry as a social space wherein the perspectives of cultural producers and cultural consumers are considered. The museum space - the displays, texts, and objects of the exhibits - is also considered in this approach. The Museum of Industry produces narratives of industrial, technological, and social achievement to historically validate a post-industrial province. Portrayals of an ascent to industrial success, and later, adaptability in the wake of industrial decline, serve as a reminder of previous economic strength and current viability, dispelling regional stereotypes and re-describing Nova Scotia as an industrial place, both worthwhile and competent. The Museum of Industry focuses on interpreting the past through identifiable human characters and interactive, engaging exhibits so that visitors encounter the past in a personalized way. Lastly, museum visitors are active rather than passive consumers of Nova Scotia's industrial heritage, making meaning through the way they put to use or relate industrial heritage representations in their own lives. The study contributes to an understanding of how the industrial past is represented, and what the public consumes, within the Nova Scotia heritage world.
Resource TypeElectronic thesis or dissertation
FormatImage/jpeg; Application/pdf
SourcePaper copy kept in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University Libraries
Local Identifiera3475083
RightsThe author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.
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