The New Museum Community: Audiences, Challenges, Benefits

In a series of authoritative essays, this important and substantial book, over 500 pages in length, examines in depth how museums globally are succeeding – in many different ways – in reaching and involving social groups traditionally overlooked or excluded from the museum experience. The New Museum Community: Audiences, Challenges, Benefits is an invaluable and inspiring guide for any museum, gallery or cultural organisation – large or small – intent on engaging with the broadest possible audience.

Among the twenty organisations sharing their cutting-edge experience are:

  1. Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh
  2. Colorado State University
  3. Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
  4. Manchester Museum
  5. Miami Science Centre
  6. Museo Nazionale della Scienza, Milan
  7. Museum of London
  8. Museums Luton
  9. Penn State University
  10. University of Brighton
  11. University of Edinburgh
  12. University of Newcastle
  13. User-Lab, Birmingham City University

Learning to Live/Looking to Learn: A Visual Thinking Strategies Survey
Nicola Abery, Creative Director,

Learning from Autism
Lenore Adler, Program Outreach Specialist, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh

Making the Most of Museum Field Trips
Anuradha Bhatia & Carole J Makela, Colorado State University

Growing Up in the Borderlands
Kate Bonansinga, Director, Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, The University of Texas at El Paso

Planning for Young Children and Families in Museums
Vicky Cave, Exhibition Consultant

Creating Exhibitions With and For Children
Vicky Cave, Exhibition Consultant

Language Learning for Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Sherice Clarke, Visiting Researcher, Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh

Keep Up the Good Work? The Long-Term Impact of Social Inclusion Initiatives
Lucie Fitton, Inclusion Officer, Museum of London

Inclusive Arts Practice: Using Collections to Maximise Inclusivity
Alice Fox, Course Leader, Inclusive Arts Practice, School of Arts & Media, University of Brighton

Participation and Personalisation: Working with Adults with Learning Difficulties
Helen Graham, Research Associate, International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, Newcastle University

Mainstreaming Outreach: Taking Audiences to the Core
Heather Hollins, Associate Tutor, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester

The Ignorant Museum: Transforming the Elitist Museum into an Inclusive Learning Place
Yuha Jung, Pennsylvania State University

A New Approach to Museum Exhibit Design: Exhibit Pattern Analysis
Jane Kalagher, Assisi Institute, Brattlebro, Vermont

Guests are Our Heroes: Redefining Immersion in First-Person History Programs
Ailithir McGill, Assistant General Manager for Guest Experience & Adam Bouse, Experience Manager, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park

A Testing Process: Urban Evolution - A Young People’s Project
Tom Pine Coffin, Audience Development Officer, Culture, Tourism and Venues Service, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Provision for Visually-Impaired Visitors
Camilla Rossi-Linnemann, Education & International Relations Department, National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci, Milan

Consultation or Confrontation: Lindow Man, A Bog Body Mystery
Bryan Sitch, Head of Human Cultures, The Manchester Museum

Collective Conversations
Malcolm Chapman, Head of Collections Development & Gurdeep Thiara, Curator of Community Engagement, The Manchester Museum

Social Media to Social Impact: Using the Network to Empower Change
Gillian Thomas et al., President and CEO, Miami Science Museum

Inclusive Without Knowing It
Stephanie Wintzerith, Evaluation & Visitor Studies Consultant, Karlsruhe, Germany

Title: The New Museum Community: Audiences, Challenges, Benefits
Pages: 512
Illustrations: 42
Size: 216 x 140mm
Date: 2010
Editions: £49.95 [paperback] | £39.95 [eBook] 
ISBN: 978-0-9561943-7-4 [paperback] 

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