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The Album as Museum? A Response to Patrizia di Bello on an Interdisciplinary Approach to Mrs Birkbeck's Album

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Victoria Mills

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Victoria Mills worked in Museum Education at the Victoria and Albert Museum whilst studying for the MA in Victorian Studies at Birkbeck. More recently, she has worked as an Associate tutor for the Department of Museum Studies, University of Leicester. She is in the first year of an AHRC funded doctorate with research interests in collectors and collections in Victorian literature and in the literary depiction of ‘things'.
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Abstract

This review develops Patrizia di Bello's model of the album as female collection outlined in her article ‘Mrs Birkbeck's Album: The hand-written and the Printed in Early Nineteenth-Century Feminine Culture'. The review explores the practice of Victorian women's album-making in the context of ideas about collecting and the nineteenth-century museum. It argues that such albums both appropriate and subvert aspects of museum practice. Mrs Birkbeck's album challenges the idea of a traditional, chronological display but it utilises the juxtapositional elements inherent in museum exhibition to great interpretive effect.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/ntn.445
How to Cite: Mills, V., (2006). The Album as Museum? A Response to Patrizia di Bello on an Interdisciplinary Approach to Mrs Birkbeck's Album. 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century. (2). DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/ntn.445
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Published on 01 Apr 2006.

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