University of Cambridge

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Archaeological Heritage and Museums
Social Anthropology and Museums

Heritage Studies and Museums (MPhil in Social Anthropology and Museums or in Archaeological Heritage and Museums), covers "the core issues and approaches within the field of heritage generally (including tangible and tangible, movable and immovable heritage) and museums specifically. It traces the development of heritage as a public enterprise whether in the form of museums or heritage organisations and legislation, and focuses on the ways this field has expanded and the core issues that now defines it. These include:

  • The historical development of museums and heritage institutions
  • The concept of value, its historical development, ways of assessment and contestation
  • The links between heritage and identity
  • The political dimensions to heritage and museums
  • Ethics
  • The management structures, and the divisions of tasks and responsibilities between different kinds of organisations
  • The development of `heritage tools' such as laws and organisation
  • The public—the actors, from international bodies to local communities"
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