Meaning-Making and Participation in Digital Cultural Heritage

A PhD project investigating youth engagement and participation in museums and archives from the perspective of the user.

About the project

The relationship between museums and archives and their audiences is being mediated by digital technology in new ways. Technology is changing not only where and how audiences interact with museum content, but also what they do with it, and what museum and archives collect and exhibit. From an institutional perspective, the opportunities and challenges of new avenues for engagement are just beginning to be mapped in the research. Even less is known about what this kind of participation means for users.

This project focuses on participation in museums and archives from the user perspective, and specifically explores how young people (ages 15-25) interact with and make use of archival and museum resources in out-of-school contexts.

The research will be conducted during a four-year PhD fellowship (2016-2020) in the Department of Education at the University of Oslo, and is part of the nationally financed research project, “Cultural Heritage Mediascapes: Innovation in Knowledge and Mediation Practices.”

Broadly framed by socio-cultural perspectives on learning and development, the project draws on two research themes from the Cultural Heritage Mediascapes project: citizen science at the University of Oslo Natural History Museum, and collective memory in the Norwegian Folklore Archives. Methods will include virtual ethnography, user interviews and surveys, and design-based research methods.

See the Cultural Heritage Mediascpes project pages for more details:


Cultural Heritage Mediascapes is financed by the Norwegian Research Council through the KULMEDIA Program (2015–2019).

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