The Museum as a Memory Institution

Presented as: Rutter, J., Alexandru, C., Niven, E., Wolters, M. and Logie, R., 2015, ‘The Museum as a Memory Institution’, The Psychonomic Society Governing Board Edinburgh Symposium, The University of Edinburgh, 17th July 2015.


This sociological aspect of the ForgetIT project seeks to develop a conceptual framework for organisational memory. Based on interviews with curatorial and management staff in a national museum the research attempts to identify the range of memory and forgetting practices within the museum. An attempt is made to develop a taxonomy which can be tested with other organisations with the intention to explore the theoretical and practical value in using human memory as a metaphor for understanding organisational memory.

The Museum as a Memory Institution

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