My doctoral research addresses the construction and representation of Welsh identity by a number of community museums in the United States; run by and for self-identifying Welsh Americans. This identification is commonly based upon possession of Welsh immigrant ancestors. While not funded by government nor possessing collections of national significance; these sites could be described as ‘national museums’ because they are engaged in the process of creating and narrating a sense of Wales; its national identity; history and culture. I argue that; while the national museum is a key site to study public discourses of national identity; the potential contribution of local and community museums to this discourse should also be considered.
NaMu; Making National Museums Program; Setting the Frames; 26-28 February; Norrköping; Sweden
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