• Anders Rydahl-Jensen
4. term, History, Master (Master Programme)
This university study in history, is written from a museological perspective, and is based around the problem, that Danish museums haven’t collected any agricultural objects from modern day period – from 1980 until today. This leaves a large gab, in history presentation of this subject, which escalades to a larger problem in time, because today object no longer is presented to the museums in the same quantities as before, they are reused, sold to Asia or Eastern Europe and won’t find its way back before getting destroyed. Another problem is, that the agricultural line of work became so specialized, monocultural and large-scale operating in this period that most local agriculture wasn’t local any more, it was on the same standard all over Denmark – even Europe.
The thesis of this study is therefore, if the Danish museums doesn’t act on this problem now, they won’t have any time to do it. Therefore, the museums must be very active or else there won’t be anything to collect or display for this modern period of agricultural history study.
The next problem is who, where and how many objects are sufficient or representative, to tell this story – and who should be the frontrunners in solving this problem is it the Ministry of Culture, the larger specialized museum or the smaller local museums?
The method for solving this study has been interview based. For this study seven different museums and institutions have been interviewed, which is the base of the analyzation and discussion of this study. Six of the interviews have been with museums, the seventh interview were done with a representative of the Danish ministry of culture.
The results of the study are that this work should be built on collaboration between the Ministry of Culture, the specialized agricultural museum and the local museums. The local museums should contribute with information and documentation of this agricultural period, the specialized museums should be the standard barrier collaborating with other Scandinavian museums in collecting and exhibiting this historical agricultural period, in that way the museum shouldn’t store as many and big machinery as before and they can concentrate on working together in preserving and maintaining the object. The ministry of culture should, alongside others, work on a script in which the outlines for loan, collaboration in collection and presentation should be described on a national level, so that every museum has the same possibilities of making, developing and exhibiting a modern agricultural exhibition
Publication date31 May 2018
Number of pages74
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