For the purposes of The Creative Museum Project, we recognise all types of museum, gallery, science centre, heritage and archaeological site within the project.
We created a framework for the case studies, asking contributors to define their project within the following categories:
Type 1 Workshop / project / one-off event:Workshop, short project or one-off event where visitors come and make /
create something or engage with the collection facilitated by a member of
museum staff, educator or specialist such as a Maker or an artist.
Type 2 Dedicated spaces:
Spaces within a museum dedicated to creativity where visitors can participate in creative processes. These can include spaces with specialist facilities and technology such as FabLabs (Fabrication Labs), MediaLabs, Living Labs or Digital Spaces. These are often seen as places for free experimentation.
Type 3 Co-curated exhibitions, partnerships and collaborations:
Visitors engage with the museum over a period of time, work collaboratively with museum staff (for example on an interpretation project); co-curated exhibition, display, dedicated piece of technology. Often the museum works with an external partner to enable this collaboration.
Type 4 Re: mixing the museum:
Visitors to the museum ‘remix’ the museum by taking over spaces in the museum, reinterpreting collections by working as active agents in the process with curators and museum staff.
Type 5 “Permission-free”
Visitors “do their own thing” and respond to the collection without the involvement of the institution.