Responding digitally to community needs: digital interfaces and the changing functions of civic museums in the US and the UK

Lightning Talk

Wednesday, April 07, 2021: 5:00pm - 6:30pm - - Lightning Talk

Lara Perry, University of Brighton, UK

Changing funding priorities, frameworks for understanding the value of culture, and audience values, have placed a premium on serving social inclusion and audience wellbeing for small museums. This lightning talk will give a quick guide to three projects in small, civic museums in the US and UK that tried to navigate these demands in 2020, for the benefit of both audiences and their host museum. Can apps, websites and online events make your museum more accessible to wider audiences with diverse needs? Of course they can, and I’ll share some findings from our project about what works best from the point of view of the user, and the provider.

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