Museum-iD magazine, Issue 17


Founded in 2009, Museum-iD magazine explores new ideas and developments in museums, galleries, archives and heritage sites around the world. With a progressive attitude and international approach, Museum-iD is renowned for original articles by world-class contributors, in-depth features, high-profile interviews, stunning photography and high production values. Museum-iD magazine is published biannually with a Spring issue in March and the Autumn issue in September. The publication is available in both print and digital editions and is committed to sharing innovative museum theory and practice in museums globally.



Museum-iD presents a stimulating, enriching and transformative mix of ideas and opinions from leading museum innovators and shares the latest concepts and developments from museums globally. Packed with fresh insights and new ideas you can share directly with your colleagues, Museum-iD will add tremendous value to your current work – and more importantly is an active investment in the future and what you choose to do next.

Committed to sharing innovative museum theory and practice, Museum-iD is the centre of a global network of like-minded museum peers interested in a more open and progressive approach to professional inquiry. You’ll benefit from the latest ideas from leading curators, collections specialists, conservation staff, audience development professionals, educators, digital pioneers, exhibition designers and developers, leaders and directors. We’re interested in sharing exceptional ideas in museums globally. We want our readers to learn from – and be inspired by – different perspectives outside their specialism and locality.


Issue 17 is published in March 2015 and includes a major in-depth feature exploring the transformation of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (NYC) in to an innovative, participatory 21st-century museum. Other projects featured include the £17.5million development of the Wellcome Collection in London, the £15 million reinvention of The Whitworth Gallery in Manchester and the biggest and most ambitious gallery at the Science Museum – Information Age. Also published are a series of extensive articles looking at informal learning in museums, understanding visitors’ motivations and usage of online collections, and how museums can increase visitor participation.

Contributors include:

• Caroline Baumann – Director, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
• Sebastian Chan, Director of Digital & Emerging Media, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
• Cara McCarty, Curatorial Director, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
• Ellen Lupton, Senior Curator, Contemporary Design, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
• Caroline Payson, Director of Education, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
• Dave Patten, Head of New Media at the Science Museum, London (interview)
• Lucy Shaw – Manager, Oxford University Museums Partnership / Programme Director, Oxford Cultural Leader
• Catherine O’Donnell – Play Your Part Engagement and Events Officer, People’s History Museum
• Gina Koutsika – Head of National and International Programmes and Projects, Imperial War Museum
• Elena Villaespesa, Digital Analyst, Tate Digital
• Philip Leers, Project Manager for Digital Initiatives, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

Some of the other projects and news featured in issue 17 include: The Broad to open soon in downtown Los Angeles; Research into LGBT collections at National Museum Liverpool; funding for new Endeavour Galleries at Royal Museums Greenwich; the forthcoming Björk at MoMA; Bethlem Gallery and Museum of the Mind opens at the world’s oldest psychiatric hospital; Core Exhibition opens at Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw; six new galleries of Science and Technology planned at the National Museum of Scotland; the 48-hour participatory dance takeover at Tate Modern; the dramatic redevelopment plans for 14-acre campus site of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Plus Stephen Feber provides Five 21st Century Challenges to the ‘Museum Mind’

“Museum-iD has become the place to go for fresh thinking, new ideas and interesting perspectives on the world of museums. I cannot recommend the magazine highly enough for professionals looking to gain an insight into the current trends which will define tomorrow’s museums”
— Nicholas Poole, Chief Executive, The Collections Trust

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— Linda Duke, Director, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, US

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