Contents: Foreword. Preface. 1. Museology museums and communication interrelation and integration. 2. Communication theories museology and museums applicative areas of analogue. 3. Indian museums origin functions and growth pre and post Independence era. 4. Message and medium in museums education and exhibition functions. 5. Museums accessibility and visitors in Indian museums. 6. Review of the archives of museum education/interpretation literature in India. 7. Museums and museology the Indian milieu. 8. Museum and communication policy. Appendices. Bibliography.
The book traces the journey of Indian museums from the colonial to the present era pointing towards the changes in social perception of the museum and the evolution of its public service functions. It focuses primarily on art and archeology museums and their connection to the communication strategies. This book is an enquiry into methodology, interrelation and integration of the three independent yet connected fields of the Museology discipline, the Museum profession and the Communication science. It evaluates the working relationship of the museum profession and the discipline of Museology in India. The book emphasizes the need for a communication policy for Indian art and archaeology museums with reference to revised vision goals and aims as per the needs of Indian visitors. It is an attempt at bringing to fore importance of participatory communication with reference to the future of Indian museums. (jacket)