The responsive museum : working with audiences in the twenty-first century /
edited by Caroline Lang, John Reeve, Vicky Woollard.
imprint
Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2006.
description
xix, 276 p. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0754645606 (alk. paper), 9780754645603
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imprint
Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2006.
isbn
0754645606 (alk. paper)
9780754645603
contents note
Influences on museum practice / John Reeve and Vicky Woollard -- The impact of government policy / Caroline Lang, John Reeve and Vicky Woollard -- The public access debate / Caroline Lang -- Prioritizing audience groups / John Reeve -- Networks and partnerships : building capacity for sustainable audience development / Ian Blackwell and Sarah Scaife ; response, Nico Halbertsma -- Dancing around the collections : developing individuals and audiences / Eithne Nightingale -- Response to chapter 5 : audience development : a view from The Netherlands / Nico Halbertsma -- Dancing around the collections : developing individuals and audiences / Eithne Nightingale -- Response to chapter 6 : developing the inclusive model / Izzy Mohammed -- Museums and the Web / Caroline Dunmore -- Response to chapter 7 : digital technologies and museum learning / Roy Hawkey -- Understanding museum evaluation / Kate Pontin -- Response to chapter 8 : children and young people in museum evaluation / Susan Potter -- Where does the museum end? / Michael Tooby -- Response to chapter 9 : ' ... and there is no new thing under the sun' / Alec Coles -- The funding challenge / Phyllida Shaw -- Response to chapter 10 : 'what is your exit strategy? / Antonia Byatt -- Learning, leadership and applied research / Nick Winterbotham -- Response to chapter 11 : developing integrated museum management / Janet Vitmayer -- Audience advocates in museums / John Reeve -- Response to chapter 12 : a collective responsibility : making museums accessible for deaf and disabled people / Jane Samuels -- Whose space? : creating the environments for learning / Rick Rogers -- Response to chapter 13 : the importance of the museum's built environment / Christopher Bagot -- An unsettled profession / Vicky Woollard -- Response to chapter 14 : specialism versus generalism / Caitlin Griffiths -- So where do we go from here? / Caroline Lang, John Reeve and Vicky Woollard.
catalogue key
6015854
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [253]-271) and index.
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The Responsive Museum is a very welcome addition to the literature on museums. In exploring the complex relationship between museums and their audiences, the book challenges the received wisdom, language and prejudices found within the sector. It uses an innovative layout, sound argument and a wealth of references alongside the experience and responses of current practitioners from an unusual variety of backgrounds. The result is a really good read and an essential reference for new entrants to the museum world and those who train them; whilst those who fear they have been around museums too long, will find their thinking refreshed and their passion for sharing knowledge rekindled. Karen Knight, formerly of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council This is a thought-provoking and insightful book, written by people who know the reality as well as the theory. It successfully draws together and makes sense of the many complex factors that underpin the fundamental changes we are now seeing in museums, and will inspire students and practitioners alike. Frazer Swift, Deputy Head of Access and Learning, Museum of London, UK
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Summaries
Main Description
The Responsive Museum interrogates the thinking, policies and practices that underpin the educational role of the museum. It unravels the complex relationship of museums with their publics, and discusses today's challenges and the debates that have resulted.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This collection of essays explores the relationship between museums and their audiences by looking at how to understand and then develop the audience in theory, policy and practice, and then how to manage the museum that is responsive to the audience's needs. Appendices include visitor numbers for U.K museums.
Long Description
What is the relationship today between museums, galleries and learning? The Responsive Museum interrogates the thinking, policies and practices that underpin the educational role of the museum. It unravels the complex relationship of museums with their publics, and discusses today's challenges and the debates that have resulted.The highly experience team of writers, including museum educators and directors, share their different experiences and views, and review recent research and examples of best practice. They analyse the implications of audience development and broadening public access, particularly in relation to special groups, minority communities and disabled people, and for individual self-development and different learning styles; they explore issues of public accountability and funding; discuss the merits of different evaluation tools and methodologies for measuring audience impact and needs; and assess the role of architects, designers and artists in shaping the visitor experience. The latter part of this book reviews practical management and staffing issues, and training and skills needs for the future.This book is for students, museum staff, especially those involved in education and interpretation, and senior management and policy-makers. This is a much-needed review of the relationship between museums and galleries and their users. It also offers a wealth of information and expertise to guide future strategy and practice.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Understanding Audiences: theory, policy and practice: Introduction
Influences on museum practice
The impact of government policy
The public access debate
Developing Audiences: Introduction
Prioritising audience groups
Networks and partnerships: building capacity for sustainable audience development
Response
Dancing around the collections: developing individuals and audiences
Response
Museums and the Web
Response
Understanding Museum Evaluation
Response
Managing the Responsive Museum: Introduction
Where does the museum end?
Response
The funding challenge
Response
Learning, leadership and applied research
Response
Audience advocates in museums
Response
Whose space? creating the environments for learning
Response
An unsettled profession
Response
Conclusion: Where do we go from here?
Appendices: UK museum and gallery visitor figures
Inspiring learning for all framework
A Common Wealth (1997) - Twelve targets
Bibliography
Index
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