Advanced

Museums and Heritage Collections in the Cultural Economy : The Challenge of Addressing Wider Audiences and Local Communities

Gradén, Lizette and O'Dell, Thomas LU (2016) In Museum International 68(3-4). p.48-67
Abstract

Although more museums are opening now than at any time in the past, too little attention has been paid to the concrete ways in which cultural processes of commoditisation affect heritage production. How can collections speak to wider audiences as well as to local communities in ways that are economically sustainable? This is not a question that invites simple solutions. Turning to ethnographic fieldwork and interviews, this article focuses on The Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle and Skokloster Castle near Stockholm to explore how these institutions negotiate public participation, engage new audiences, and adapt their operations to meet the demands of the cultural economy they operate in. Drawing on critical cultural theory, the article... (More)

Although more museums are opening now than at any time in the past, too little attention has been paid to the concrete ways in which cultural processes of commoditisation affect heritage production. How can collections speak to wider audiences as well as to local communities in ways that are economically sustainable? This is not a question that invites simple solutions. Turning to ethnographic fieldwork and interviews, this article focuses on The Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle and Skokloster Castle near Stockholm to explore how these institutions negotiate public participation, engage new audiences, and adapt their operations to meet the demands of the cultural economy they operate in. Drawing on critical cultural theory, the article highlights how different cultural and economic contexts affect museums’ potential to develop, expand, and meet their objectives. The study explains how two particular museums struggle to open their collections to broader publics, which can be understood as part of a wider process of democratisation.

(Less)
Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:
author
organization
publishing date
type
Contribution to journal
publication status
published
subject
in
Museum International
volume
68
issue
3-4
pages
20 pages
publisher
Wiley-Blackwell
external identifiers
  • scopus:85018655251
  • wos:000399685700005
ISSN
1350-0775
DOI
10.1111/muse.12135
language
English
LU publication?
yes
id
ed3a3800-4035-4d6b-aead-1b3d3d8f3769
date added to LUP
2017-05-29 09:34:28
date last changed
2017-09-18 11:37:38
@article{ed3a3800-4035-4d6b-aead-1b3d3d8f3769,
  abstract     = {<p>Although more museums are opening now than at any time in the past, too little attention has been paid to the concrete ways in which cultural processes of commoditisation affect heritage production. How can collections speak to wider audiences as well as to local communities in ways that are economically sustainable? This is not a question that invites simple solutions. Turning to ethnographic fieldwork and interviews, this article focuses on The Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle and Skokloster Castle near Stockholm to explore how these institutions negotiate public participation, engage new audiences, and adapt their operations to meet the demands of the cultural economy they operate in. Drawing on critical cultural theory, the article highlights how different cultural and economic contexts affect museums’ potential to develop, expand, and meet their objectives. The study explains how two particular museums struggle to open their collections to broader publics, which can be understood as part of a wider process of democratisation.</p>},
  author       = {Gradén, Lizette and O'Dell, Thomas},
  issn         = {1350-0775},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3-4},
  pages        = {48--67},
  publisher    = {Wiley-Blackwell},
  series       = {Museum International},
  title        = {Museums and Heritage Collections in the Cultural Economy : The Challenge of Addressing Wider Audiences and Local Communities},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/muse.12135},
  volume       = {68},
  year         = {2016},
}