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Bergen Norway
MY PRINCIPLES OF INCLUSION
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Our patrimony belongs to everyone
Museums hold objects in trust no matter
what the ...
There is no “magic bullet”

to create safety, welcome
and inclusion.
You have to do everything
you can think of all at t...
 I believe -- Museums have only two

core competencies (and even these
they share with others). Museums
are:
•Public Civi...
AND THAT MAKES MANY MORE INSTITUTIONS
QUALIFY UNDER THE BIG UMBRELLA TERMS –
MUSEUMS – THAN YOU MIGHT ORDINARILY
THINK FIT...


Museums are much less important for the reasons
that they use to justify their existence
(collect, preserve, protect, d...
Each Museum is a mix of FIVE
overlapping intentions in the way it
wishes to prioritize its work.
 OBJECT CENTERED
 NARRA...
THE FOLLOWING ARE JUST A FEW OF THE MANY THINGS
THAT MATTER:
 FREE IS BETTER THAN CHARGING
 A MIXTURE OF SPACES FROM LAR...


The classic museum structure that accords the
curator special status and assumes that the
functions of collections, cur...
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SHARED AUTHORITY: A NEW BLURRED
LINE BETWEEN EXPERTS AND AMATAURS
SHARED SERVICES BETWEEN MULTIPLE
ORGANIZATIONS M...
 egurian@egurian.com: email
 www.egurian.com: website
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You can find my material on FLICKR,
SLIDESHARE, LINKEDIN if you...
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The infrastructure for inclusion in Museums Norway 2013

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A very short presentation about some necessary parts needed within the infrastructure and mindset of museum personal to make welcome work for hesitant museum goers.

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The infrastructure for inclusion in Museums Norway 2013

  1. 1. Bergen Norway
  2. 2. MY PRINCIPLES OF INCLUSION • • • • • Our patrimony belongs to everyone Museums hold objects in trust no matter what the law says about ownership. Our institutions should be welcoming both physically and philosophically to all. The non-visiting public is not waiting for an invitation. We must find out what they wish and provide it. The way the staff treat each other is apparent to the visitor and personal policy 40 years in the philosophy ofprofession must reflect the museum inclusion.
  3. 3. There is no “magic bullet” to create safety, welcome and inclusion. You have to do everything you can think of all at the same time.
  4. 4.  I believe -- Museums have only two core competencies (and even these they share with others). Museums are: •Public Civic Spaces that encourage strangers to peaceably congregate. •And they use, ◦Three dimensional evidence to create understanding/knowledge Elaine’s definition of Museums:
  5. 5. AND THAT MAKES MANY MORE INSTITUTIONS QUALIFY UNDER THE BIG UMBRELLA TERMS – MUSEUMS – THAN YOU MIGHT ORDINARILY THINK FIT THERE ---1. (Historic houses, zoos, botanic gardens, galleries, etc.) 2. and makes them siblings to Libraries and Archives, 3. and friends of shopping malls, airports and athletic stadium  4. WHICH I FIND ALTOGETHER FITTING.
  6. 6.  Museums are much less important for the reasons that they use to justify their existence (collect, preserve, protect, display and educate) and  The old museum definitions  Since the 20th century -- museums have become institutions THE 20TH CENTURY MUSEUM DEFINITION
  7. 7. Each Museum is a mix of FIVE overlapping intentions in the way it wishes to prioritize its work.  OBJECT CENTERED  NARRATIVE  CLIENT CENTERED  COMMUNITY  NATIONAL (GOVERNMENT) INTENTIONALITY
  8. 8. THE FOLLOWING ARE JUST A FEW OF THE MANY THINGS THAT MATTER:  FREE IS BETTER THAN CHARGING  A MIXTURE OF SPACES FROM LARGE TO SMALL HELP  THE LOCATION AS NEUTRAL AS POSSIBLE  AVAILABLE BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT  LABELS THAT WORK FOR ALL READING LEVELS  A MIXTURE OF EXHIBITION DIVICES THAT APPEAL TO ALL LEARNING STYLES  ORIENTATION TO THE BUILDING AND TO THE SUBJECT  AN ATTITUDE OF WELCOME BY ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE • And THE VISION OF THE LEADER IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN I WOULD LIKE.
  9. 9.  The classic museum structure that accords the curator special status and assumes that the functions of collections, curation, and research are superior to the needs of the public never results in thorough-going inclusion no matter how well intentioned that staff might be. The changing role of the curator
  10. 10. • • • SHARED AUTHORITY: A NEW BLURRED LINE BETWEEN EXPERTS AND AMATAURS SHARED SERVICES BETWEEN MULTIPLE ORGANIZATIONS MAKES FOR A NEW DEFINITION OF COMMUNITY INTENTIONAL CIVILITY AND THE COMMON GOOD: THE ROLE OF MUSEUMS IN CREATING A NEW GENEROUS PEACIBLE LANDSCAPE. the new emerging issues
  11. 11.  egurian@egurian.com: email  www.egurian.com: website  You can find my material on FLICKR, SLIDESHARE, LINKEDIN if you enter “egurian”  On my webpage www.egurian.com you will find writings by pressing the tab: “Omnium Gatherum”.

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