Participation in design and changing practices of museum development

Authored by: Dagny Stuedahl

The Routledge Handbook of Museums, Media and Communication

Print publication date:  November  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138676305
eBook ISBN: 9781315560168
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Museums are negotiating their role and place in a contemporary society by introducing a contemporary media ecology. While much is written, thought, and said about the participatory museum paradigm, how visitors may take new roles in museum communication, and how museum institutions may relate in new ways to society, less is said about how this relates to museum practices. This chapter focuses on how participatory methods may be introduced in museum exhibition design practices, and discusses the challenges that museum professionals may meet inside their own institution when established methods for exhibition design are changed with participatory ones.

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