Innovation: The Emperor’s New Clothes?

University of Cambridge Museums

Museums Computer Group meeting, May 2015

Could the pressure for museums to innovate actually be counterproductive? Should we be looking again at what ‘innovation’ means and define it much more broadly than we might do at present? This was the starting point for the Museums Computer Group‘s spring meeting, hosted recently by the University of Cambridge Museums. 50 or so representatives from museums, funders, and the tech sector came together to hear from a range of stimulating speakers, and to debate what digital innovation can really mean in the future.

Speakers included Peter Pavement (Surface Impression) reviewing the long history of technological innovation in museums, Sejul Malde (Culture 24) drawing on experience in the corporate sector, made us think really hard about what a new definition of innovation might be. Lizzie Edwards from the British Museum Samsung Digital innovation centre invited us to think about how emerging technologies could…

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About Jose Ramon Marcaida

I’m a historian of science interested in the history of early modern Iberian science and its connection with Renaissance and Baroque visual culture. More generally, I’m interested in the relation between texts, images and things across the Humanities.
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