chapter  6
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Musealisation: everyday life, temporality and old things

This chapter takes up the debate about the proliferation of heritage in Europe by looking especially at the ‘musealisation’ of everyday life. That is, it looks at a specific dimension of the memory phenomenon: the collection and display of objects and sites of banal, if vanished or disappearing, daily domestic and workplace existence. Why, we might ask, should people decide to gather up, preserve and display the ordinary stuff of mundane everyday life? Here, I present a range of theoretical perspectives that, I suggest, can complement those we have discussed in previous chapters and that can help shed light both on the memory phenomenon more generally as well as this particular, widely found, heritage-memory-identity formation.