The Values and Meanings of a Crime Collection

By Zoi Sakki, Sotiris Athanaselis, Chara Spiliopoulou and Maria Stefanidou.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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Published online: November 20, 2015 $US5.00

Recently, the Museum of Criminology of Athens University, Greece, has reconsidered the values and meanings deriving from its collections after improving the objects’ documentation. The Museum’s collections embody information based on four main values: (a) the teaching value, (b) the study and research value, (c) the dissemination of knowledge value, and (d) the historical value. In this article, those values are presented in detail and specific examples are given. Emphasis has been placed on the grounds that an object can embody different meanings during different periods of time, depending on its viewers’ perspectives. Moreover, in the case of the Museum of Criminology, as in many university museums, it is not the objects themselves—as physical integrities—but their associated history that makes them important for both the Museum and its visitors. Through upgrading documentation and reconsidering values and meanings, the Museum can better understand the collections, improve collection-based teaching and research, and interpret objects according to current perspectives.

Keywords: Values, Meanings, Physical Integrity

The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 8, Issue 4, December 2015, pp.1-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: November 20, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 683.593KB)).

Zoi Sakki

Doctoral Student, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Attica, Greece

Sotiris Athanaselis

Professor in National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Member of Board Committee of Museum of Criminology, Museum of Criminology, Faculty of Medicine, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Chara Spiliopoulou

Professor in National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Member of Board Committee of Museum of Criminology, Museum of Criminology, Faculty of Medicine, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Maria Stefanidou

Professor in National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Director of Museum of Criminology, Museum of Criminology, Faculty of Medicine, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece


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