Displays of the dead: visitor attitudes towards displays of human remains at the British Museum

Tyrrell, Melanie (2008) Displays of the dead: visitor attitudes towards displays of human remains at the British Museum. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Human remains fascinate and disturb us. They remind us of our own mortality, educate us and bring us closer to our global ancestors. For many people, museums provide the only sight of human remains. Recent requests for repatriation of remains by indigenous communities have generated new policies and practice within British museums. Consulting their visitors helps museums consider the complex ethics of
    displaying human remains. This study presents the results of a visitor survey at the British Museum exploring attitudes towards displays of Ancient Egyptian human remains, both soft tissue and skeletal. Many visitors expected to see remains and reacted to them positively. Most felt that respect was very important and trusted the museum to define this. Two-thirds felt there was no difference between mummified and skeletal remains, others found the mummy more interesting. This research helps inform museum professionals who make decisions regarding the relevance of and respect accorded to displays of the dead.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: ?? EDAM ??
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2011 16:18
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:17
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/1137

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