The Western Australian State Government has committed $428 million to rebuild the Western Australian Museum. The New Museum Project is one of the most significant museum redevelopments in the world today. It offers a rare opportunity to redevelop a large-scale museum from the ground up, and also to investigate the wants and needs of the community from the beginning of a museum design process. The New Museum is committed to putting ‘People First’, but how do you engage the public in the development of a New Museum - and generate staff buy-in to public co-creation - while dealing with the legacies of the deficit model of science communication?
Alice Ryder (Audience Advocate from the WA Museum, and former Associate Lecturer with CPAS) will give a brief run-down of the project and share some of the early findings from audience consultation and research, especially as they relate to science engagement and communication.