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Title:MuseumAfrica: colonial past, postcolonial present
Author:Byala, SaraISNI
Year:2013
Periodical:South African Historical Journal (ISSN 0258-2473)
Volume:65
Issue:1
Pages:90-104
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:museums
history
About person:John Gaspard Gubbins
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02582473.2013.768365
Abstract:This article uses the history of Johannesburg's MuseumAfrica (formerly the Africana Museum) to determine what happens when we enter a museum informed by its particular history. Tracing this museum's story - from the arrival of its founder, John Gubbins, in South Africa in 1902 to the near present - it asserts that by probing the biographies of the museum, its personnel, and its objects its present state is rendered newly understandable. This process of uncovering biography and what is here termed backstory then becomes a methodology capable of being used in multiple postcolonial institutions. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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