The essential Museum – The Pinterest Museum

ODM Internationale Formidlingsseminar 2013

ODM Internationale Formidlingsseminar 2013

Elaine Heumann Gurian, senior museum consultant

Formidlingsseminar 2013, Museet på Tværs. tirsdag den 12. marts 2013, 13.15-14.00

Those of us who have committed our lives to working in museums intuitively understand their deep importance to society and are slightly flummoxed when that is not as widely shared by our potential audience as we would wish. Considering turning a museum from ‘nice to have’ to ‘essential’ is a multivaried proposition. It involves reconstructing the ‘five pillars’ into an equation in which the publicusers become equal partners along with our collectionsbased purpose and consideration of all our assets (building, staff, expertise, programs, and collections) as malleable. Creating the new paradigm requires dialogue, responsiveness, fluidity, and experimentation by both sides of this equation. My presentation will explore the many moving parts now in play by those varied civic institutions that are interested in becoming more ‘essential’ and responsive to the civic will.

Gurian, E.H., CIVILIZING THE MUSEUM: The collected Writings of Elaine Heumann Gurian, 2006, Routledge, London

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