The Western Australian Museum in Perth is undergoing one of the largest museum redevelopments in the world today, and offers a unique opportunity to revisit how audiences engage with science and history. But what do the public really want to know about science, how do they want to engage with it, and are museum staff ready to engage with the public in a truly participatory way? From the integration of Aboriginal and Western Scientific perspectives, to the perceived ethics of killing animals for research and display purposes, this talk will highlight the latest visitor research conducted as part of the development of the New Museum, and encourage YOU to reflect on who should drive communication and interpretation in museums- subject matter experts or the public?
Alice Ryder is Senior Project Officer - Audience Advocate at the New Museum Project, Western Australian Museum. She was formerly Science Circus Tour Coordinator and CPAS Associate Lecturer.