New approaches NOW – from museum education to audience engagement

The publication reflects on public engagement work in museums in the 2010’s. It is a collection of articles presenting different solutions for rethinking the role of museums in society and giving new ideas for developing the functions of museums. The association organised an international seminar on the same subject in May 2015 in Helsinki. The articles discuss various themes that encourage the reader to consider to whom museums belong and for whom museum work is done.  They redefine the border between a museum professional and a museum visitor. As is common in the museum field, they emphasize the wider social role and responsibility museums have alongside their work in cultural heritage preservation. The publication includes a section for case studies which present prime examples of arranging museum work and functions in the Finnish museum field over the years. All cases have received the association’s Annual Award in Museum Pedagogy during 2006–2015. The publication is in English.

Nordic inspiration – Fresh approaches in museum education

A collaboration between several Nordic museum education associations, the publication presents 25 projects in museum pedagogy. They are examples of the diverse pedagogical work done in museums and other cultural institutions in the Nordic countries. The publication was made in collaboration with FISOS (Island), FUISM (Sweden), MiD (Denmark), and SFF (Norway). Together with Pedaali, these associations form the network NAME (Nordic Associations for Museum Education) which aims to promote the social status of museum pedagogy and the collaboration between the Nordic countries. The articles are published both in English and in the national language of each country.