Visitor opinion on displaying human remains in museums: should the Mary Rose Museum display the human remains in their collection?

Tyreman, Rebecca (2010) Visitor opinion on displaying human remains in museums: should the Mary Rose Museum display the human remains in their collection? MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

[img] PDF
Restricted to Registered users only

Download (1298kB)

    Abstract

    Human remains have been always been held in museums. They bring the visitor face to face with people of the past. Through scientific research the remains can inform us about their physical attributes such as height, diet and health. This information along with how the people were buried can build up a picture not only about the physical being but the cultural environment they lived in. Recent requests for repatriation of human remains by indigenous groups have led to a review in museum policy and practice. It is beneficial for museums to understand the opinion of their visitors when considering an ethical topic.

    The New Mary Rose Museum is set to open in 2012. This study explores the opinion of museum professionals, staff and visitors on whether the new museum should display the human remains held in its collection. This study shows that the vast majority of museum professionals, staff and visitors support the display of the human remains in the new museum, on the condition that they were displayed respectfully. This research helps inform museum professionals who make decisions about the display of human remains.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: ?? EDAM ??
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2011 16:52
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:17
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/1153

    Actions (login required)

    View Item

    Document Downloads

    More statistics for this item...