Shared Stories: Narratives Linking the Tangible and Intangible in Museums
This article addresses the problem of conserving the personal memories that artefacts, in collections held by traditional museums, elicit in the minds of ordinary people who recog-nise them and relate to them. The focus is specifically on art museums with religious objects. Using a museum in the Netherlands as a case study, we explore how the systematic collec-tion of intangible religious heritage can be pursued. We present the results of several exper-iments conducted between 2011 to 2016 in collecting personal narratives from visitors who attended four popular exhibitions based on religious themes: pilgrimage, religious women, charity, and sainthood. The article concludes with policy-oriented advice regarding museum strategy, including the importance of recruiting volunteers, sharing narratives in a sustaina-ble way, and putting digital technology to good use.
Netherlands, Utrecht, narratives, memories, art objects,religion, digital technology, museum collecting policies, Museum Catharijneconvent, Pilgrims, Women in the Spotlight, ‘I Care!’ Charity down the ages, Francis, participatory projects, cybermuseology, ‘experience experts’
EIJNATTEN, Joris van; DE NOOD, Marije (2018) "Shared Stories: Narratives Linking the Tangible and Intangible in Museums". In International Journal of Intangible Heritage, Vol. 13. 94-110. [online] Available at: http://www.ijih.org/volumeMgr.ijih?cmd=volumeView&volNo=13#none [Accessed 10/07/2018]