My Roots?: Why and How Should We Make Rural Life Museums More Relevant to Our Visitors?
Author: Mackay, Andrew
Source: Folk Life - Journal of Ethnological Studies, Volume 39, 2000-2001 , pp. 25-31(7)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:Long-handled slashers, billhooks (Kentish pattern), mauls, mitts, stakes and others … what do these terms mean to you? What do you think they mean to the visiting public? Why is it that whereas displays of printing, glassmaking and other urban trades have modernised, many of our rural museums have not? We still have displays of long-handled slashers, billhooks and mauls, but the satellite-controlled MAFF monitoring of set-aside or the lack of affordable rural housing (as highlighted in the Grundy's plight in ‘The Archers’) doesn't get a look in. Why are rural life museums so far behind in representing modern times/attitudes/material culture, and what is happening to change them?
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2000-01-01