| || || Ramsay, Allison Olivia|
| || || Challenges to a house of treasures : a cultural history of the Fiji Museum |
Author:Ramsay, Allison Olivia
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Subject: Fiji Museum, Fiji -- Civilization
Call No.: pac AM 101 .F5 R36 2013
Copyright:10-20% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission
Abstract: A writing of the Fiji Museum can provide discourse on cultural identities and heritage in the South Pacific. This thesis examines the role, significance and contributions of museums in the Pacific Islands through the lens of one of the oldest of them, the Fiji Museum. The main focus is on the historical development of this museum from the early twentieth to the twenty-first century context but some reference is made to other museums/cultural centres in the selected Pacific Islands of Samoa and Vanuatu. In this historical study, the Fiji Museum is shown as initially an extension of the colonialist enterprise. The museum as a cultural practice was transported into Fiji, during the era of British colonial rule. The challenges it has faced are charted throughout its development in the colonial and postcolonial periods and make this museum a contested space. These struggles to preserve, conserve, document, promote and collect the cultural heritage of all of Fiji and protect the cultural identities of this set of islands are discussed. To unravel the complex layers of the cultural history of the Fiji Museum, empirical research strategies were employed in proposing an understanding of the fluidity of identities that were created, embraced, and contested throughout the history of this national institution.