Tour de Denmark
4 days, 9 museums
Maritime Museum of Denmark
Kulturemuseet Spinderihallerne
Museum of Copenhagen
Naturama
Trapholt
National Gallery of Denma...
The central question of the tour:
Are Danish Museums…
relevant, engaging and participatory?
Young
people
engage in
deliberation
and debate
at the
British
Museum
Social relevance
The social role of the museum…
“The fundamental question is – what social institutions exist to address
these challenges, ...
My central concern is purpose…
• What are the relationships
• how do we connect with our audiences, and
when, and what's t...
And so to Denmark…
…and a series of questions
And observations…
What‟s the relationship between people and the
museum?
When I say „people‟, I am deliberately not saying
• Visitors
• User...
So, Number One…
Signage and Danish minimalism…
Can I find the museum?
OK, what does the architecture tell me?
Impeccably good taste! Gorgeous, inventive
buildings…Maritime Museum, Montergarden...
What – and who – is the museum for?
What – and who – is the exhibition for?
Is it possible to take a
…and include not only more
but contradictory voices
Can the museum face up to difficult subject
matter?
Does the museum demonstrate that it has a social
responsibility?
Is the public‟s input marginalised or central?
And finally?
What is it to be Danish?
Map charting the spread of elected xenophobic parties in Europe as of 2013. When
viewed on a map, the growth of the far-ri...
“The time has come for a particular „museum agenda‟, predicated on
greater awareness of the world and the social responsib...
5 Bernadette Lynch danish tour de denmark final (1)
5 Bernadette Lynch danish tour de denmark final (1)
5 Bernadette Lynch danish tour de denmark final (1)
5 Bernadette Lynch danish tour de denmark final (1)
5 Bernadette Lynch danish tour de denmark final (1)
5 Bernadette Lynch danish tour de denmark final (1)
5 Bernadette Lynch danish tour de denmark final (1)
5 Bernadette Lynch danish tour de denmark final (1)
5 Bernadette Lynch danish tour de denmark final (1)
5 Bernadette Lynch danish tour de denmark final (1)
5 Bernadette Lynch danish tour de denmark final (1)
5 Bernadette Lynch danish tour de denmark final (1)
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  1. 1. Tour de Denmark 4 days, 9 museums
  2. 2. Maritime Museum of Denmark Kulturemuseet Spinderihallerne Museum of Copenhagen Naturama Trapholt National Gallery of Denmark Welfare MuseumTojhusmuseet Montergarden
  3. 3. The central question of the tour: Are Danish Museums… relevant, engaging and participatory?
  4. 4. Young people engage in deliberation and debate at the British Museum Social relevance
  5. 5. The social role of the museum… “The fundamental question is – what social institutions exist to address these challenges, recognizing the growing ineffectiveness of government bureaucracies and the wreckage of the corporate profit agenda? …Museums, it is argued, are one of the few social institutions with vast potential for proactive and effective community engagement.” Robert R. Janes, (2010) Museums in a Troubled World: Renewal, Irrelevance or Collapse?
  6. 6. My central concern is purpose… • What are the relationships • how do we connect with our audiences, and when, and what's the role? • 'where's the peopling?' • 'is it being driven by people?' • 'how do we embrace the uncomfortable?' • opinion, narrative, views
  7. 7. And so to Denmark… …and a series of questions
  8. 8. And observations…
  9. 9. What‟s the relationship between people and the museum? When I say „people‟, I am deliberately not saying • Visitors • Users • Audience • Learners • Or „clients‟…as I‟ve heard here… Language is very revealing…if we are moving to a partnership with the public, then the language we use to describe what we do has to reflect that…
  10. 10. So, Number One… Signage and Danish minimalism… Can I find the museum?
  11. 11. OK, what does the architecture tell me? Impeccably good taste! Gorgeous, inventive buildings…Maritime Museum, Montergarden, Trapholt... Question: Does the building have a relationship with the location or what‟s inside?
  12. 12. What – and who – is the museum for?
  13. 13. What – and who – is the exhibition for?
  14. 14. Is it possible to take a …and include not only more but contradictory voices
  15. 15. Can the museum face up to difficult subject matter?
  16. 16. Does the museum demonstrate that it has a social responsibility?
  17. 17. Is the public‟s input marginalised or central?
  18. 18. And finally? What is it to be Danish?
  19. 19. Map charting the spread of elected xenophobic parties in Europe as of 2013. When viewed on a map, the growth of the far-right is striking. Green refers to countries were a xenophobic party is in government, while grey means none is in power. Copyright James Mayfield/GeoCurrents.
  20. 20. “The time has come for a particular „museum agenda‟, predicated on greater awareness of the world and the social responsibility that accompanies this awareness. Museums are some of the most free and creative work environments in the world, and there are few organizations which offer more opportunities for thinking, choosing and acting in ways that can blend personal satisfaction and growth with organizational goals...[But] Not surprisingly, society is not even cognizant of the museum‟s unique potential, much less demanding its fulfilment.” Robert R. Janes, (2010) Museums in a Troubled World: Renewal, Irrelevance or Collapse?
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