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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’s donations, materiality and the museum object

Outside the museum: women’s donations, materiality and the museum object

(p.76) 3 Outside the museum: women’s donations, materiality and the museum object
Women and Museums 1850-1914

Kate Hill

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines the objects that women gave to museums, to uncover the extent to which there were identifiable ‘women’s things’. It finds that in general terms women did give more of those things which might be considered feminine in the period, such as botany, but that their donating did range widely. Moreover, by taking a collective approach to object biography, the chapter examines certain categories of objects which women gave in more detail: textiles and clothing, souvenirs and relics, and ‘old things’ or bygones. Such categories show women proposing alternative schema of value for museum collections, privileging affective, relational and sensory qualities, alongside scholarly understandings of which objects were important.

Keywords:   Object biography, Souvenirs, Textiles, Bygones

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