1st Edition

Museum Innovation
Building More Equitable, Relevant and Impactful Museums

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ISBN 9780367481391
June 25, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
288 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations

USD $44.95

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Book Description

Museum Innovation encourages museums to critically reflect upon current practices and adopt new approaches to their civic responsibilities. Arguing that museums have a moral duty to perform, the book shows how social innovation can make them more equitable, relevant and impactful institutions.

Including contributions from a diverse group of international scholars, practitioners and researchers, the book investigates the innovative approaches museums are taking to address contemporary social issues. The volume focuses on the concept of social innovation and individual chapters address a range of crucial issues, such as climate change; the COVID-19 pandemic; diversity and inclusion; the travel ban; and the repatriation of museum collections. Exploring the impact that organizational structures have on museums’ aspirations to act as agents for social change, the book also unpacks how museums can establish sustainable relationships with minority communities. Proposing steps that museums can take to affirm their relevance as viable community partners, the book breaks down silos and connects ideas across different areas of museum work.

Museum Innovation explores the role of contemporary museums in society. It is essential reading for academics, students and practitioners working in the museum and heritage studies field. The book’s interdisciplinary nature makes it also an interesting read to those working in business studies, digital humanities, visual culture, arts administration, and political science fields.

Table of Contents


Part I. Innovation in Museum Collections, Narratives and Exhibitions 

  1. Youth and Community Engagement at the Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales
  2. Jade Baurley & Sarah Younan

  3. Reflections on Public Art Collections in Trinidad and Tobago
  4. Daniela Fifi & Nimah Muwakil-Zakuri

  5. Innovation in Interpretation: Museological Responses to the Travel Ban
  6. Melissa Forstrom

  7. The Development of the Exhibition of African Art in American Art Museums: Strategy for Engaging the Recent Repatriation Debate of Africa’s Cultural Property- sending back for edits this week
  8. Ndubuisi Ezeluomba

  9. Embodiment at the edge of the archive: private audience and public experience
  10. Seth Ellis

  11. Curating objects transculturally: an innovative exhibition trail at the Museum für Islamische Kunst Berlin
  12. Sophia Vassilopoulou

    Part II. Innovation in Digital

  13. Sustainability, Resilience and Growth through Digital Innovation
  14. Nik Honeysett

  15. A Multiprong Approach to Digital Content and Accessibility at the Lubbock Lake Landmark
  16. Megan Reel, Jessica Stepp & Eileen Johnson

  17. Innovation, data and social responsibility
  18. Oonagh Murphy & Elena Villaespesa 

    Part III. Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion Practices

  19. Interpreting LGBTQ Histories at the British Museum
  20. Stuart Frost 

  21. Museums and Cities as Labs for Collaborative Action (Museum Co-Lab)
  22. Amy Landau and Harold Morales

  23. Performance Art in Museum Spaces: Exploring the Complexities of the Human Condition
  24. Ilyanette Bernabel 

    Part IV. Institution-Wide Innovation

  25. Museums and Indigenous Voices: A Plea for Global Mindfulness
  26. Robert R. Janes 

  27. The Ontogeny of Museums: What’s Your Institution’s Future Path?
  28. Kathryn Matthew

  29. Crafting Chinese Ethnic Minority Heritage: Innovation in the Chinese Ethnology Museum David Francis, Lisheng Zhang & Luo Pan 
  30. A Global Pandemic Revealed to Museum Professional Associations the Fragility of their Business Model: This is How They Are Rising to the Challenge
  31. Eric Longo

  32. Museums Respond to Covid-19

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Haitham Eid is Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Arts in Museum Studies Program, Southern University at New Orleans, USA

Melissa Forstrom, is an assistant professor at Purchase College- State University of New York, where she teaches museology, visual culture and communications