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Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
This is a two years master’s thesis in the field of Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies, from the institution of ALM. This is a thesis on the subject of collecting, collectors clubs, culture and cultural heritage. Who becomes a member of these clubs and what goes on in a collectors club? For many active collectors it is practically obligatory to be a member of one of these clubs, and for the ones standing outside the world of the collectors clubs there is little knowledge about them. It is common to have preconceived ideas regarding people who collect, but are these assumptions correct? Who are they – the collectors?
The purpose of this study is to provide a deeper understanding of collectors clubs and the collecting process within these clubs. The study aims to contribute to an increased understanding of the private collecting as a phenomenon and as a part of our culture and society. To collect has become something that is of great importance in western society and it’s culture. Many of the collections that can be seen in museums today have been assembled by the acquisition of private collections in part or as a whole. In this way a significant foundation is laid which will affect the direction of the museums and the story that they will be able to tell through their collections. The main focus of previous research is on particular individual’s habits of colleting, hence research on private collection amongst bigger populations remains largely unexplored. In this study the latter is further investigated and two Swedish collectors clubs are studied, both of which are part of the large collector’s organization “Nordstjärnan”.
This is a study using qualitative methods. Surveys have been sent out to members of these clubs and the material has then been analysed and assembled. The analysis of the surveys was complemented by interviews with the presidents of the two clubs and analysis of the club’s annual statements. The theoretical framework of this thesis is formed from different theories on why collecting arises, as well as on models for how and where the collectors clubs can be placed among the different institutions for cultural heritage in our society. Some parts of these theories have been possible to verify through analysing the answers to the surveys, whilst other parts have proved more difficult to confirm.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsatser inom musei- & kulturarvsvetenskap, ISSN 1651-6079 ; 88
Collector, Collectors club, Heritage, Museology
Samlare, Samlarförening, Kulturarv, Museologi
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-175790Local ID: 88OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-175790DiVA: diva2:533069
Subject / course
Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies
Master Programme in ALM