Museums today find themselves within a mediatised society, where everyday life is conducted in a data-full and technology-rich context. In fact, museums are themselves mediatised: they present a uniquely media-centred environment, in which communicative media is a constitutive property of their organisation and of the visitor experience. The Routledge Handbook of Museums, Media and Communication explores what it means to take mediated communication as a key concept for museum studies and as a sensitising lens for media-related museum practice on the ground.

Including contributions from experts around the world, this original and innovative Handbook shares a nuanced and precise understanding of media, media concepts and media terminology, rehearsing new locations for writing on museum media and giving voice to new subject alignments. As a whole, the volume breaks new ground by reframing mediated museum communication as a resource for an inclusive understanding of current museum developments.

The Routledge Handbook of Museums, Media and Communication will appeal to both students and scholars, as well as to practitioners involved in the visioning, design and delivery of mediated communication in the museum. It teaches us not just how to study museums, but how to go about being a museum in today’s world.

The book is available for free in PDF format as Open Access at www.taylorfrancis.com. It has been made available under a a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license

chapter |12 pages

Media, mediatisation and museums

A new ensemble
ByKirsten Drotner, Vince Dziekan, Ross Parry, Kim Christian Schrøder
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part I|83 pages


chapter I.1|14 pages

Walk-in media

International exhibitions as media space
ByAnders Ekström
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chapter I.2|16 pages

The museum as media producer

Innovation before the digital age
ByPeter Pavement
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chapter I.3|20 pages

Revisiting the utopian promise of interpretive media

An autoethnographic analysis drawn from art museums, 1991–2017
ByPeter Samis
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chapter I.4|13 pages

Online collections, curatorial agency and machine-assisted curating

ByBodil Axelsson
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chapter I.5|16 pages

Visitor and audience research in museums

BySusan Anderson
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part II|75 pages


chapter II.1|14 pages

Rethinking museum/community partnerships

Science and natural history museums and the challenges of communicating climate change
ByKaren Knutson
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chapter II.2|13 pages

Mobile media, mobility and mobilisation in the current museum field

ByRikke Haller Baggesen
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chapter II.3|15 pages

Learning and engagement in museum mediascapes

ByPalmyre Pierroux
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chapter II.4|16 pages

The museum as an arena for cultural citizenship

Exploring modes of engagement for audience empowerment
ByPille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Pille Runnel
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chapter II.5|13 pages

The museum as a charged space

The duality of digital museum communication
ByBjarki Valtysson, Nanna Holdgaard
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part III|59 pages


chapter III.1|16 pages

From elsewhere to everywhere

Evolving the distributed museum into the pervasive museum
ByVince Dziekan, Nancy Proctor
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chapter III.2|12 pages

Digital media ethics and museum communication

ByJenny Kidd
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chapter III.3|14 pages

Complexities of collaborating

Understanding and managing differences in collaborative design of museum communication
ByLine Vestergaard Knudsen, Anne Rørbæk Olesen
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chapter III.4|13 pages

Participation in design and changing practices of museum development

ByDagny Stuedahl
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part IV|25 pages

Incident(al) readings

chapter IV.1|21 pages

Visual essay

ByKirsten Drotner, Vince Dziekan, Ross Parry, Kim Christian Schrøder
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part V|71 pages


chapter V.1|13 pages

Smart media

Museums in the new data terroir
ByLauren Vargas
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chapter V.2|16 pages

The proliferation of aura

Facsimiles, authenticity and digital objects
BySarah Kenderdine, Andrew Yip
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chapter V.3|16 pages

Assets, platforms and affordances

The constitutive role of media in the museum
ByKathleen Pirrie Adams
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chapter V.4|9 pages

Feeling the exhibition

Design for an immersive and sensory exhibition experience
ByMaholo Uchida, Jingyu Peng
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chapter V.5|14 pages

Museums and cultural diversity

A persistent challenge
ByIen Ang
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