Transport Collections in a Changing Cultural Landscape
Sharon Babaian and Fiona Smith Hale, Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation; Jim Cullen
Transport museums and collections are part of a rapidly changing cultural landscape. Their core functions remain the same – to collect, conserve, document, and interpret the material, textual, and oral history of transportation – but the context in which they carry them out is shifting. Demographic change, evolving educational norms and standards, new approaches to scholarship in transport history and museology, new communications technologies, and evolving attitudes to diversity, accessibility, accountability, sustainability, public value, and social inclusion are re-shaping the ways that museum professionals think about and do their jobs. This session will explore some of the ways in which museum professionals are confronting and embracing these challenges.