Exhibitions as Research: Experimental Methods in Museums, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Exhibitions as Research

Experimental Methods in Museums, 1st Edition

Edited by Peter Bjerregaard


216 pages | 52 Color Illus.

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Hardback: 9781138646063
pub: 2019-09-05
Available for pre-order

FREE Standard Shipping!


Exhibitions as Research contends that museums would be more attractive to both researchers and audiences if we consider exhibitions as knowledge-in-the-making rather than platforms for disseminating already-established insights. Analysing the theoretical underpinnings and practical challenges of such an approach, the book questions whether it is possible to exhibit knowledge that is still in the making, whilst also considering which concepts of "knowledge" apply to such a format. The book also considers what the role of audience might be if research is extended into the exhibition itself.

Providing concrete examples of instances where museum professionals have approached exhibition making as a knowledge-generating process, the book considers tools of application and the challenges that might emerge from pursuing such an approach. Contributions to the volume also offer theoretical insight, as the idea of exhibitions as research is considered a part of recent developments within materiality theories, object-oriented ontology and participatory approaches to exhibition making.

Exhibitions as Research will be of interest to academics and students engaged in the study of museology, material culture, anthropology and archaeology. It will also appeal to museum professionals who have an interest in current trends in exhibition-making.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Exhibitions as research - Peter Bjerregaard

Part I Cross-disciplinary collaboration 

Chapter 1 Sketches for a methodology on exhibition research - Henrik Treimo

Chapter 2 Joining transdisciplinary forces to revive the past: establishing a Viking Garden at the Natural History Museum, Oslo - Anneleen Kool and Axel Dalberg Poulsen

Chapter 3 Ethnography, Exhibition Practices and Undiscipined Encounters: The Generative Work of Amulets in London - Nathalia Brichet and Frida Hastrup

Part II Sensing knowledge

Chapter 4 Exhibitions as philosophical carpentry: on object-oriented exhibition making - Adam Bencard

Chapter 5 Museum objects in the marketplace - Kari K. Aarrestad

Chapter 6 Exhibition making as aesthetic enquiry - Peter Bjerregaard

Chapter 7 Object-spaces? Sensory engagements and museum experiments - Elizabeth Hallam

Part III Collaborating with audiences

Chapter 8 Exhibitions, Engagement and Provocation: From Future Animals to Guerilla Archaeology - Jacqui Mulville

Chapter 9 Developing and promoting research in a museum thirdspace: breaking barriers where people walk - Ellen T. Bøe, Hege I. Hollund, Grete Lillehammer, Bente Ruud, Paula U. Sandvik

Chapter 10 Visitor dialogue and participation as knowledge generating practices in exhibition work: What can museum experts learn from it? - Guro Jørgensen

Chapter 11 How the exhibition became co-produced: Attunement and participatory ontologies for museums - Helen Graham

About the Editor

Peter Bjerregaard holds a PhD in anthropology and works as senior adviser of exhibitions at Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo. His recent interest has been on exhibitions as a particular mode of research and in developing experimental approaches to exhibition making that allow research to materialize in non-textual forms. He has been project leader and curator for a number of exhibitions, among them COLLAPSE – human being in an unpredictable world and Letting go. Together with Anders Emil Rasmussen and Tim Flohr Sørensen, he edited Materalities of passing:Explorations in transformation, transition and transience (Routledge 2016).

About the Series

Routledge Research in Museum Studies

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Library & Information Science / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology


Download Resources