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Title: Eric Dunlop and the origins of Australia's folk museums
Contributor(s): McLennan, Nicole (author)
Publication Date: 2006
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Abstract: On 26 September 2006 the Museum of Education in Armidale, New South Wales, will turn 50 years old. It is a milestone that may not seem significant when some of Australia's state-run museums have alreadycelebrated their 150th birthdays. Yet the museum was one of the earliest in Australia to have been established following the principles of folk museums operating overseas: it recreated period rooms and focused on the social history of everyday people.The Museum of Education was also the first museum project of Eric Dunlop, a lecturer at the Armidale Teachers' College. Dunlop was a pioneer in the development of folk museums in Australia. This articleconsiders the origins of Dunlop's interest in folk museums; glances at the broader history of museum development in Australia; examines his work in Northern New South Wales; and considers his influence overdevelopments elsewhere in Australia.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: reCollections: Journal of the National Museum of Australia, 1(2), p. 130-151
Publisher: National Museum of Australia
Place of Publication: Canberra, Australia
ISSN: 1833-1335
Field of Research (FOR): 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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