AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractHow museums and heritage sites in England display the early medieval past is the focus of academic and public interest and debate. Despite ever-pressured budgets and limited resources, the stories told about the early medieval past in these environments are of key importance for the story of this island, and have become increasingly important in the context of political and cultural crises of English identity, and extremist appropriations of the Early Middle Ages. Reviewing current and past displays of early medieval material culture at the Museum of Liverpool, the World Museum (also in Liverpool), and Chester’s Grosvenor Museum, this chapter evaluates the Early Middle Ages in city museums serving multicultural regions in the English North West and West Midlands. Consequently, we identify recommendations for potential future museum engagement with the ‘Dark Ages’.
CitationWilliams, H., Clarke, P. & Bratton, S. (2020). Displaying the Dark Ages in Museums. In Williams, H. & Clarke, P. (Ed.). Digging into the Dark Ages: Early Medieval Public Archaeologies (pp. 101–113). Oxford: Archaeopress.
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