Disrupting the distributed museum: coping with cultural and organisational tensions when opening collections data for public engagement.

Steve Devine, The Manchester Museum / The Whitworth Art Gallery, UK, Julian Hartley, Centre for Museology, U K

Drawing on practical experience from opening and working with collections data for public engagement, this Professional Forum explores why ‘digital cultures’ are often neglected in museum programs for social inclusion.

The session will trace the organisational and cultural challenges our work at Manchester Museum and Whitworth Art Gallery brought to bear, identifying institutional tensions that needed to be overcome and why digital cultures remain a difficult and often excluded or misunderstood audience in regard to museum programmes.

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