Unwrapping hidden histories : An analysis of redesigns at three international Egyptian exhibitions.

dc.contributor.authorMcIsaac, Hannah
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (leaves 184-186).
dc.description228 leaves : illustrations.
dc.description.abstractThis thesis addresses the large variation in the recent redesigns of three international museums with permanent Egyptian collections: the Museo Egizio in Turin, Italy; the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden in Leiden, Netherlands; and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum in Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America. Through an analysis of the narratives each museum constructs, this thesis argues that these changes can represent a greater need for consistency in how museums address Egyptology as a discipline. The three case studies discussed here all take a different approach to their discussion of their own and a broader history, and the lack of a precedent makes it difficult to ensure that their changes are, at their core, successful. In order to preserve the sense of {esc}(3z{esc}(Bwonder{esc}(3y {esc}(Bin their visitors, comprehensive redesigns of exhibitions featuring Egyptian material culture must critically address institutional history and the effect of the discipline of Egyptology in both the past and the present.
dc.description.tableofcontents1 Introduction||2 Museo egizio||2.1 History||2.2 Gallery of kings||2.3 Mission statements: then and now||2.4 Overarching alterations||2.5 History of the museum||2.6 Predynastic and old kingdom galleries||2.7 First intermediate period and middle kingdom galleries||2.8 New kingdom gallery||2.9 Deir el-medina and the tomb of kha and merit||2.10 Coffin gallery, restoration area, and valley of the queens||2.11 Late period||2.12 Ptolemaic and roman and late antique period||2.13 Temple of elleysia/nubian room||2.14 Conclusion||3 Rijksmuseum van oudheden||3.1 History||3.2 Past influences on modern museum missions||3.3 Overarching changes||3.4 Egypt gallery||3.5 Religion gallery||3.6 Hereafter gallery||3.7 Sculpture gallery||3.8 Inspiration gallery||3.9 Conclusion||4 Rhode Island school of design museum||4.1 History||4.2 Shifting mission||4.3 First Egyptian gallery||4.4 Second Egyptian gallery||4.5 Conclusion||5 Conclusion
dc.identifier.otherW Thesis 1568
dc.publisherWheaton College (MA)
dc.subjectUndergraduate research.
dc.subjectUndergraduate thesis.
dc.subject.lcshMuseums--Social aspects.
dc.subject.lcshCommunication and culture.
dc.subject.lcshMuseum exhibits.
dc.titleUnwrapping hidden histories : An analysis of redesigns at three international Egyptian exhibitions.