Making a museum from scratch: Part One – inspirational readings

While my small reptilian brain tries to ingest and synthesize the many brilliant comments and emails you sent in response to Part One, I thought I’d pass along some of the background reading I’d been doing while writing the first post.

Museums of the future: providing the personal, collaborating with the crowd | Culture professionals network | Guardian Professional Reinventing the Museum: The Evolving Conversation on the Paradigm Shift: Gail Anderson

Center for the Future of Museums: Some Notes on the Future of History Museums

The Future of Museums | HASTAC

What Comes After Digital? – Collections Trust

Seeing museums in 2060 « The Learning Planet

Press Releases New Report Explores Roles of Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture


  1. Hi Ed! I am a newly graduated Anthropology major who has just been thrust into my first job! Now don’t get me wrong, I am so thrilled to even have a job in my field (as little as the pay is) because a lot of my anthropology friends aren’t so lucky! However, I have never built a museum before or even managed one, and that is now my responsibility. I mean, I literally am tasked with building a colonial period museum from scratch! I’m glad I found your posts, I think they will be very helpful! However, do you have any other recommendations for resources that might be helpful to me? Currently, I am sitting in the warehouse staring at hundreds of large boxes of artifacts that haven’t been sorted or cataloged in the least bit. I have no idea where to begin! Help!!


  2. Hi Chelsey,

    Well, you have the quite the challenge in front of you! Why don’t you email me at erodley at gmail dot com and we’ll set up a time to talk?



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