Involving the museum visitor community in designing exhibits

Loraine Clarke, Emma Nicol, Ian Ruthven

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Museum and other cultural heritage practice increasingly recognizes the value and importance of involving local communities in the design and delivery of the cultural services they access. Commonly, where exhibits are concerned, museums and other organisations will make use of expert panels drawn from particular demographics to evaluate exhibits in structured moderated sessions. This paper considers how the design and evaluation might be done in a more integrated participatory fashion and presents some experiences of protoyping sessions conducted on the museum floor. Our findings lead us to argue for more consideration of the value of co-design workshops on the museum of gallery floor with visitors.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2015
EventCultural Heritage Communities: Technologies and Challenges - 7th International Conference on Communities and Technologies, Limerick, Ireland
Duration: 28 Jun 201528 Jun 2015


WorkshopCultural Heritage Communities: Technologies and Challenges


  • museum visitor experience
  • cultural services
  • cultural heritage


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