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 for those working in business studies, digital humanities, visual culture, arts administration and political science fields.

part I|79 pages

Innovation in museum collections, narratives and exhibitions

chapter 1|12 pages

Youth and community engagement at the Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

ByJade Baurley, Sarah Younan

chapter 2|12 pages

Reflections on public art collections in Trinidad and Tobago

ByDaniela Fifi, Nimah Muwakil-Zakuri

chapter 3|13 pages

Innovation in interpretation

Museological responses to the travel ban
ByMelissa Forstrom

chapter 4|15 pages

The development of the exhibition of African art in American art museums

Strategy for engaging recent repatriation debate about the cultural property of Benin
ByNdubuisi C. Ezeluomba

chapter 5|12 pages

Embodiment at the edge of the archive

Private audience and public experience
BySeth Ellis

chapter 6|13 pages

Curating objects transculturally

An innovative exhibition trail at the Museum für Islamische Kunst Berlin
BySophia Vassilopoulou

part II|40 pages

Innovation in digital

chapter 7|15 pages

Sustainability, resilience and growth through digital innovation

ByNik Honeysett

chapter 8|11 pages

A multiprong approach to digital content and accessibility at the Lubbock Lake Landmark

ByMegan Reel, Jessica Stepp, Eileen Johnson

chapter 9|12 pages

Innovation, data and social responsibility

ByOonagh Murphy, Elena Villaespesa

part III|36 pages

Innovation in diversity and inclusion practices

chapter 10|13 pages

Interpreting LGBTQ histories at the British Museum

ByStuart Frost

chapter 11|12 pages

Museums and cities as labs for collaborative action (Museum Co-Lab)

ByAmy Landau, Harold D. Morales

chapter 12|9 pages

Performances in museum spaces

Exploring the complexities of the human condition
ByIlyanette Bernabel

part IV|78 pages

Institution-wide innovation

chapter 13|13 pages

Humanizing museum repatriation

ByRobert R. Janes

chapter 14|24 pages

The ontogeny of museums

What's your institution's future path?
ByKathryn K. Matthew

chapter 15|13 pages

Crafting Chinese ethnic minority heritage

Innovation in the Chinese Ethnology Museum
ByPan Luo, David Francis, Lisheng Zhang

chapter 17|15 pages

Innovative museum responses to COVID-19

Serving and strengthening communities
ByHolly Harmon