Museums and Communities: Changing Dynamics

By Deborah Tranter.

Published by The Inclusive Museum, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

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Book: Print $US40.00
Book: Electronic $US15.00

This book draws on the experiences of the author as the director of the Cobb+Co Museum in Toowoomba, Australia since its opening in 1987. It charts the changing dynamics between the museum and its community that have provided enormous benefits to both the institution and the community itself.

The engagement process and subsequent outcomes between museums and their stakeholder communities are often neglected by both practitioners and academics. Much has been written and spoken about the need for museums to engage with and be responsive to their communities, but many museums, in practice, still remain indifferent to their key stakeholders.

Museums can play substantial leadership roles within communities. This occurs when the relationship between the museum and its community becomes entrenched with shared values. These values can facilitate social, cultural, and economic benefits for both museums and their communities. This book explores these values and their expression within a regional museum context.

Keywords: Museums and Communities, Cobb+Co Museum

Book: Print (Paperback). Book: Electronic (PDF File; 3.646MB). Published by The Inclusive Museum, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing.

Deborah Tranter

Director, Cobb+Co Museum and Queensland Museum Regional Services, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

Deborah Tranter has been the Director of the Cobb+Co Museum in Toowoomba since 1987 and currently is also the Director of the Queensland Museum’s Regional Services Program. She has spent all her working life in regional Queensland involved in museums, education and learning, tourism, regional development and community capacity building. In 2000, she was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for her services to cultural heritage and cultural tourism in regional Queensland. Her work in developing a methodology for assessing how visitors and non-visitors value museums is part of her PhD research.

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