Museum as Memorial: The Origins of the Imperial War Museum

  title={Museum as Memorial: The Origins of the Imperial War Museum},
  author={Goynor Kavanagh},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary History},
  pages={77 - 97}
  • G. Kavanagh
  • Published 1 January 1988
  • Sociology, History
  • Journal of Contemporary History
On the eve of the Great War, museums in Britain were both diverse in form and well-established as public institutions. They were stoutly middle-class, and perceived as an important credential of civilized and sophisticated nationhood. But with the war, the very purpose and worth of museums in society were tested and met a response as diverse as the institutions themselves. While some museums were able 
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