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Deaccessioning på svenska: En studie om gallringsprocesser på svenska länsmuseer
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Deaccessioning in Swedish : A study about Processes of Removal at Regional Museums (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim with this thesis is to examine how the regional museums in Sweden and their employees perceive deaccessioning as a process that concern removal of objects from museum collections. It is decisive that the deaccessioning contemplates as a process which includes all parts of the removal: The suggestion and criteria of disposal, the decision-making, the choice of appropriate method and finally the actual removal when the object permanently leaves the collections. In order to examine how the regional museums apply these methods for disposal of objects we have implemented a content analysis of the museum’s policy documents. These documents differ in contexture and content. However, criteria of disposal and acceptable methods are quite similar. Nevertheless it is problematic that seven regional museums that answered to our request for policy documents have not developed such guidelines. It is therefore obvious that regional museums need to improve their collection management by developing policies for collecting and disposal. In accordance with our theoretical framework we treat collection policies as gatekeeper documents. This is an approach taken by Simon Knell. With the aim to analyse the employees perceptions of deaccessioning we singled out respondents who were asked to reciprocate an inquiry. This inquiry was available online and the response rated 65procent. By this quantitative method we concluded that deaccessioning is debatable since the perceptions vary. Some find disposal of objects as a way to improve the collections while others mean that such actions is completely conflicting with the museum’s obligations and vision. To analyse the perceptions we applied a concept formed by Pierre Bourdieu with the terms field, habitus and capital. In addition to this theoretical framework we used Igor Kopytoff’s term “biography” in order to establish how the employees and museums priority their objects. We have also performed a case study. The case was a museum that currently lacks policies for collecting and disposal of objects. This qualitative case study gave us an understanding of how the collection management operates without firm policies. This two years master’s thesis in Museum and cultural heritage studies concludes a definition of deaccessioning and how this process can be used in the future regional museums in Sweden.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsatser inom musei- & kulturarvsvetenskap, ISSN 1651-6079 ; ms 7
Keyword [en]
Deaccessioning, Collecting, Removal, Regional Museums, Policy Documents, Museum Objects
Keyword [sv]
Deaccessioning, insamling, gallring, länsmuseer, policydokument, museiföremål
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-154879Local ID: ms 7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-154879DiVA: diva2:422495
Subject / course
Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2011-06-14 Created: 2011-06-13 Last updated: 2011-06-14Bibliographically approved

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