• Sara Andrea Borch Friderichsen
Speciale, Kandidatuddannelsen
Children visiting exhibitions are certainly not a rare sight today, fortunately. But families as a specific segment have in the recent years been given more and more attention.
The Royal Danish Library in Copenhagen is one of the public institutions that have decided to welcome families in a big way.
They have begun doing so these past years by creating a school service to make courses that fit different school levels in their exhibitions and now by inviting the families directly though a big exhibition about the Danish children’s television pioneer and books author, Thomas Winding.
The creators of the exhibition The Great Thomas Winding exhibition have stuck to the traditional exhibition communication through framed objects hanging on the walls with subject texts. But have also created a communication track for children and the adults who do not prescribe to the old fashioned way of learning. This exhibition rhetoric takes its starting point in the visitor not in the message the institution wishes to pass on, a new way of learning according to Eilean Hooper-Greenhill (2007).
In viewing this new exhibition communication I have drawn strong comparisons to George Heins principles of The Constructivist Museum(1998). Therefore I have characterized the children’s communication as constructivist and the adults communication as traditional, but one does not exclude the other, and many of the communication grips are used by both groups equally.
This master is concerned with the acceptance of the two-lane communication by the adult visitor accompanied by children and the adult visitors not accompanied by children.
I have examined this through interviews with exhibition architect at The Royal Danish Library Christina Back and the two adult groups, and I can conclude that the two lane communication does not bother the fixed segment and its gives the families a far greater chance to experience joint learning, create united experiences and in the end the children become greater consumers of culture as they grow up. This examination concludes a state of the art review examining what is currently being researched on in children’s exhibition communication and children’s place in museums in general. The findings I have used to peek in to the future of cultural institutions and their work with children, and once again used the case of The Great Thomas Winding exhibition to exemplify what this could mean for a cultural institution.
Udgivelsesdato1 feb. 2019
Antal sider71
Udgivende institutionInstitut for informationsstudier


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