Connecting Museums explores the boundaries of museums and how external relationships are affected by internal commitments, structures and traditions. Focusing on museums’ relationship with heath, inclusion, and community, the book provides a detailed assessment of the alliances between museums and other stakeholders in recent years.

With contributions from practitioners and established and early-career academics, this volume explore the ideas and practices through which museums are seeking to move beyond what might be called one-off contributions to society, to reach places where the museum is dynamic and facilitates self-generation and renewal, where it can become not just a provider of a cultural service, but an active participant in the rehabilitation of social trust and democratic participation. The contributors to this volume provide conceptual critiques and clarification of a number of key ideas which form the basis of the ethics of museum legitimacy, as well as a number of reports from the front line about the experience of trying to renew museums as more valuable and more relevant institutions.

Providing internal and external perspectives, Connecting Museums presents a mix of applied and theoretical understandings of the changing roles of museums today. As such, the book should be of interest to academics, researchers and students working in the broad fields of museum and heritage studies, material culture, and arts and museum management.

chapter |16 pages


ByMark O’Neill

chapter 1|16 pages

A social museum by design

ByMike Benson, Kathy Cremin

chapter 2|15 pages

Notes from the frontline

Partnerships in museums
ByBernadette Lynch

chapter 3|18 pages

The social role of museums

From social inclusion to health and wellbeing
ByNuala Morse

chapter 4|14 pages

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales and the journey towards cultural democracy

ByJanice Lane, Nia Williams

chapter 5|15 pages

Breaking out of the museum core

Conservation as participatory ontology and systemic action inquiry
ByHelen Graham

chapter 6|17 pages

Thinking through health and museums in Glasgow

ByMark O’Neill, Pete Seaman, Duncan Dornan

chapter 7|13 pages

Partnership for health

The role of cultural and natural assets in public health
ByHelen Chatterjee

chapter 8|13 pages

Transforming health, museums and the civic imagination

ByEsme Ward

chapter 9|14 pages

‘Who me?’

The individual experience in participative and collaborative projects
ByMike Tooby

chapter 10|18 pages

Coalville Heroes

ByGraham Black, Stuart Warburton

chapter 11|16 pages

On a hungry hill

Museology and community on the Beara Peninsula
ByGlenn Hooper

chapter 12|17 pages

‘Only connect’

The heritage and emotional politics of show-casing the suffering migrant
ByChristopher Whitehead, Francesca Lanz

chapter 13|13 pages

The changing shape of museums in an increasingly digital world

ByOonagh Murphy

chapter 14|17 pages

Material presence and virtual representation

The place of the museum in a globalised world
ByPat Cooke

chapter 15|18 pages

Curating democratic and civic engagement

ByAnwar Tlili