chapter  27
Objects, agency and museums: continuing dialogues between the Torres Strait and Cambridge: Anita Herle
WithANITA HERLE
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Objects in museum collections have the potential of connecting people and events over time and space. Against the familiar criticism that museum objects have been ripped from their cultural context only to languish in mausoleums, objects may have entangled and transitive lives both before and after they enter a museum’s collection. Nor does the museum context necessarily alienate material from the knowledge and interests of people in source communities. Through its role in preserving and documenting important cultural materials, the museum may provide opportunities for cross-cultural dialogue and innovative collaborations.