User Involvement in Exhibition Project on Children's Media from 1900 to Today

By Leslie Ann Schmidt.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

The Childrens Media section is a part of a new exhibition on Danish Media History in Mediemuseet, Odense. In questionnaires and interviews users responded to content (technology and media products), context (cultural history), and an exhibition concept focusing on recalling memories and sharing media history across generations. A digital platform was developed to involve users in an ongoing process of sharing memories on childhood media experiences and leave space for many voices and cultures. Using artifacts, pictures, films, sounds, texts and hands-on material the exhibition design aims to invite all age groups to learn about their every day media history and reflect on their experiences in a cultural historic context on childhood. Recognizing “every day - hidden away items” exhibited in the museum could bring personal belongings into new light as valuable objects and recall personal memories. From a theoretical framework on museums as a platform for construction of identities the paper discusses the practical process on working with user involvement in the exhibition design. It also raises questions on how we can use the information provided on the digital platform in ways that will encourage users to participate and provide us with new perspectives on the topic and the exhibition design.

Keywords: Museums, Visitors, Culture, Media

The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 6, Issue 4, December 2014, pp.43-52. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.080MB).

Leslie Ann Schmidt

Head of Learning and Visitors Department, Learning and Visitors Department, Brandts, -Museum, Odense, Denmark

My present employment is as Head of Learning and Visitors Department at Brandts, a cultural complex consisting of two museums and an art venue. I have worked with museum learning since 2002 and has gained my basic teaching experience from 20 years as a teacher in Denmark and Sweden. My educational background is most resent a diploma in Leisure Management. From the University of Southern Denmark I have a MA in Culture and Communication (2010) and a 1- year Subsidiary Course in Child/Youth Culture.

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