I’m so excited to be co-editing a volume with Dr. Trish Biers for Routledge Press! Museums, Heritage, and Death will be a Routledge Handbook in the museums series.
From our Mors Mortis Museum website on Museums, Heritage, and Death:
We are so pleased to make a big announcement about something we have been working on:
Museums, Heritage, and Death has been accepted for publication as a Routledge Handbook! We are so pleased to be working with approximately 50 contributors on topics from cemetery programs to conservation of human remains and everything in between. Museums, Heritage, and Death explores connections among the fields of heritage studies, museum studies, art galleries, and historic sites, and the examination of death, dying, and human remains displayed as objects.
We plan to share more about this project over the coming weeks and introduce you to some of the contributors using the hashtag #MuseumsHeritageDeath
So what exactly is our new book about? Museums, Heritage, and Death will provide a wide-ranging overview of the roles of curation and exhibition in death studies associated with museums and heritage centres where the dead are a significant part of the main foci.
Museums are active agents for exploring the human experience largely in part because of the objects on display highlighting human creativity, ingenuity, and the classification of the natural world. A large part of this story, though not necessarily explicit, is death as featured in the hundreds of burial objects behind glass cases, or the contemplative memento mori on the gallery wall. From gilded coffins and mummies, to Renaissance paintings on mortality and the maiden, death and the dead body are omnipresent in museum spaces.