Contemporary collaborations between museums and universities

Line Vestergaard Knudsen, Celia Ekelund Simonsen

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    Numerous new types of cross-institutional collaborations have been
    conducted recently at the intersection between museums and universities. Museums
    of all subject areas have collaborated with university researchers, just as scholars
    from a broad range of disciplines including communications, media studies, IT
    and performance design and tourism increasingly collaborate with museums.
    Based on qualitative evaluation material and autobiographical experiences,
    this article analyzes a large Danish research project in which collaborations between several museums and universities took place. We investigate how university researchers contributed to the development of museum practices as well as how involvement in museum projects contributed to university research; we then discuss the various professional and practical challenges such collaborations face. Particularly we emphasize “anchorage” as a significant multidimensional concept that was critical to the collaboration outcomes and challenges. By this focus we aim to contribute to future cross-institutional collaborations between museums and universities.
    TidsskriftNordisk Museologi
    Udgave nummer2
    Sider (fra-til)88–104
    Antal sider17
    StatusUdgivet - 2017


    • Museum
    • University
    • cross-institutional
    • collaboration
    • museumaudience communication
    • evaluation