Behind the scenes of the museum website

Wilson, R. (2011) Behind the scenes of the museum website. Museum Management and Curatorship, 26 (4). pp. 373-389. ISSN 0964-7775

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This article examines the role of online resources hosted by museums as a means to communicate, engender research and to reach out to new audiences. A number of scholars have already analysed this online presence of institutions and have created an innovative new field of study by critiquing and theorising the emergence of this ‘digital heritage’. Building upon these developments, this article examines museum websites from a new perspective, through the markup and programme languages used to deliver the online content to the user. Drawing upon the nascent field of ‘critical code studies’, this article analyses the online exhibition ‘Ancient Cyprus in the British Museum’, to illustrate the value of the approach. This analysis highlights the manner in which the ‘virtual’ visitor experience is structured in a comparable fashion to the ‘real’ visitor experience. Using theories of ‘intertextuality’ this article thereby examines the analogous relationship between the markup and programme languages and wider museum practice.

Publication Type: Articles
Uncontrolled Keywords: HTML, Internet, online presence, websites, digital heritage
Subjects: A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Arts and Humanities > History
Depositing User: Ross Wilson
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2013 09:54
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2018 15:20

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