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Author
Wain, A.
Title
The plight of engineering heritage in Australian museums
In
17th Engineering Heritage Conference: Canberra 100 - Building the Capital, Building the Nation
Imprint
Engineers Australia, Barton, Australian Capital Territory, 2013, pp. 54-61
ISBN/ISSN
9781922107121
Url
https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=880596777211746;res=IELENG
Abstract

Engineering heritage is often left to rot in unloved corners of museums, with little or no interpretation or maintenance. This is influenced partly by the money, space and other resources required to display it more adequately, but even more by the decisions made by museum managers about where to invest scarce resources. To raise the profile and funding of engineering heritage it is necessary to better engage both visitors and museum managers, to help them realise the potential of engineering objects as heritage displays. This article discusses the results of research into visitors' needs and preferences when visiting engineering heritage, with a view to creating displays that are more attractive to a wider range of audiences.

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