This session includes three case studies:

The British Museum in Pentonville Prison

This session presents a case study of a 2005–2012 partnership between the British Museum and the criminal justice sector, in particular a collaboration with Her Majesty’s Prison Pentonville, a London prison for men. Inspired by “The Thrown of Weapons,” an exhibit made from AK47s and exhibited in the chapel of the prison as part of a U.K.-wide program called Africa 05, the British Museum commissioned artists to creatively engage prisoners to construct a short film as their response to the show.

Interpretation of Heritage and Its Social Role in Cuban Municipal Museums

Gain insight on the heritage interpretation process that fosters visitor interaction with objects and information within social contexts in Cuba. Laws have traditionally reinforced the importance of heritage interpretation in museum. Discover how municipal museums are transforming to advance deeper connections between history and communities through new participatory strategies in the interpretation and management of cultural heritage.

Center Not Centered: Social Practices in Mexican Museums

New museology and social museology describe practices that Mexico introduced to province museums during the ’70s. The concept and methodology have evolved. An entity conceived to antagonize the established institution in order to create a new set of values focused on the community now seems to be collaborating harmoniously with the official museum. The Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) has worked with groups that have originated away from “the center,” creating an opportunity to interact from both sides of the spectrum.


  • Jane Samuels
  • Dory Castillo Garriga
  • Alesha Mercado