chapter  8
Museums: ideal learning environments
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In recent philosophical discussions about the role of museums and galleries as we approach the twenty-first century, the following three functions have been proposed: to preserve, to study and to communicate (Weil, 1990). ‘Preservation’ includes the collection and care of artefacts and specimens; ‘study’ refers to research carried out on these objects and ‘communication’ includes all those activities and professional practices that enable people to have access to both the objects and the results of their study.