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@ Logistic Museology

I would like to introduce my latest idea of new museology which is just fresh.

1) The core of museum functions

A museum shall provide a wide range of functions such as collection, conservation & restoration, research, exhibition, education & enlightenment and entertainment; however the core of museum functions are research activities in the comprehensive meaning. The other functions are derived from the research activities.

Until recently, and even today in some places in the world, it has been believed that exhibition should be the core function of a museum and the others are secondary. In other words, all activities in a museum should unilaterally contribute to the exhibition function. Exhibition has in the past been the first and final function for a museum.

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In the 21st century, museums are shifting their axis of functions from static exhibition activities to dynamic research activities. In this way a museum can develop itself constantly, always produce powerful energy for the development by itself. The sustainable source of the powerful energy are in comprehensive research activities, while the other functions, including exhibition, should be activated by the powerful energy produced by comprehensive research activities.

2) Connexion between the comprehensive research activities and the other activities

From the overall work flow of comprehensive research activities, all the activities in a museum will be integrated making up an ever-growing tree which buds, blossoms and bears fruit seasonally.

The comprehensive research activities will be a trunk of the tree, while the other activities, such as exhibition, education & enlightenment and entertainment, will be brunches to be derived from a trunk. The operation & management activities function as root & vessel networks.

All the activities in a museum will be equally positioned and closely organised, but clearly distinguished. The comprehensive research activities will provide the other activities with productive seeds, and the other activities will return further productive fruits to the comprehensive research activities in return. Exhibition is one of the buds, flowers or fruits however it may be important and invaluable. The other activities, including operation & management, are the same as exhibition.

All the activities in a museum will function interactively. Exhibitions are part of museum's activities, in other words, one of the buds, flowers and fruits of the museum's dynamically ever-growing tree.

3) Logistic Museology for a research-oriented museum

In order to develop a museum into the coming research-oriented museum, not the existing exhibition-oriented museum, Logistic Museology will be elaborated and established as quickly as possible by all parties concerned in the development or renovation project of a museum.

The Logistic Museology takes great account of the comprehensive research activities which will constantly offer valuable findings, both tangible and intangible, to the other activities. In the Logistic Museology, exhibition is not a final accomplishment but one of the ongoing outcomes as well as the other activities such as education & enlightenment and entertainment.

All the artefacts, monuments and relics of the ancient Egypt will be logistically managed throughout the comprehensive research processes, and will be fully utilised for exhibition, education & enlightenment and entertainment in the process of the logistic management.

The attached photo is one of the amulets of Tutankhamun found by Carter in the Valley of King.

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