It's geology time: Redesigning the Lapworth Museum of Geology
In 2014, the Lapworth Museum of Geology in Birmingham (United Kingdom) successfully undertook a £2.5 million redesign to restore its heritage, and to adapt its specialist-focused displays for public visitors. This essay unearths the museum's past to argue that previous displays, which required the pedagogy of geological professors to illuminate the objects for the museum's specialist visitors, are replaced by a multimedia display strategy which embeds the history of the museum's geologists within the exhibit narrative, bridging the gap between specialist and public knowledge, transforming the Lapworth into a 'museum at a university' rather than a 'university museum'.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 0000000122999255 University of Stavanger
Publication date: March 1, 2020
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