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Women and Museums 1850-1914Modernity and the Gendering of Knowledge$
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Kate Hill

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719081156

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719081156.001.0001

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Outside the museum: women as donors and vendors

Outside the museum: women as donors and vendors

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Women and Museums 1850-1914
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Kate Hill

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719081156.003.0003

This chapter examines women who donated or sold objects to museums, looking for the social patterns and motivations underlying these donations. It finds that while women donors were a small proportion of all donors, and that in many ways they represented the kinds of urban elite who were behind the growth of museums in this period, there were also distinctively feminine patterns to their donations. They tended to use museum donations to mark family relationships; and moreover to move these family relationships into a public space. Thus women donated objects with their husband, or, even more markedly, after their husband or male relative had died, as a memorial.

Keywords:   Donors, Vendors, Relationships, Domesticity

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