Past Perfect

Jason Larkin

Museums are not solely concerned with objects and our collective past, but also with ideas; notions of what the world is, or should be. With their vast archives, they have become our modern-day cathedrals and monasteries, preserving a cultural tradition of scholarship and playing an important role in constructing and deconstructing ideologies and identities. Museums negotiate and build meaning through the curation of memory and past events. These finished exhibits can easily fuse reality with patriotic fiction in simplified and sanitised environments that mask the realities of war.

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