Lessons from Cross-Cultural Dialogues: The Experiences of a Regional New Zealand Museum

By Tony Rasmussen and Stuart McAdam.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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Article: Electronic $US5.00

Te Manawa Museum in Palmerston North, New Zealand, was one of the first in the country to actively engage ethnic communities in developing a programme of exhibitions. Te Manawa’s partnership model, although intended to be highly participatory, produced unexpected outcomes. Four Case Studies from the series are presented here as part of a ‘corporate learning history’, a concept borrowed from the field of cross-cultural management. The corporate learning history views intercultural dialogues in organisations not as problems that demand a solution, but as sources of organisational learning - in this case, for the benefit of the inclusive museum.

Keywords: Communities, Partnership, Corporate Learning History

International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.147-158. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.562MB).

Tony Rasmussen

Social History Curator, Social History, Te Manawa Museums Trust, Palmerston North, New Zealand

Tony Rasmussen is Curator and Team Leader of Social History at Te Manawa Museum, Palmerston North, and has a special interest in the development of community-based exhibitions. He has curated exhibitions with migrant communities, the armed forces, textile groups, department stores and radio stations. He is currently interested in research that integrates cross-cultural management with exhibition development.

Stuart McAdam

Lecturer, Centre for Business Interdisciplinary Studies, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

Stuart McAdam has a Master of Arts (Hons) in Museum Studies and a Master of Arts in Social Anthropology. From 1997 until 2002 he was the Assistant Curator of The Science Centre and Manawatu Museum in Palmerston North, which later became Te Manawa. He is currently a Lecturer in the Centre for Business Interdisciplinary Studies at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.

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