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The “Light is History” project in Helsinki involved a participatory public museum installation that served as a research object in an urban square where community members anonymously displayed information of their personal artefacts and shared their energy use information for the common wellbeing. Here, a co-curated and participatory framework was built around daily practices bringing together local community. The outcomes of this project allowed us to learn about community sustainability, learning and wellbeing.
The lessons learnt from this project may have implications for museums and heritage institutions. The project proposes how methodologies of participation and installation could serve museums in the future to build sustainable practices around artefacts in their own collections.