Museums, challenging heritage and social media during COVID-19

Kist, C. (2020) Museums, challenging heritage and social media during COVID-19. Museum and Society, 18(3), pp. 345-348. (doi: 10.29311/mas.v18i3.3539)

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In this opinion piece I reflect upon museum social media trends during COVID-19 and consider what it could mean in terms of future online engagement and the (mis)alignment of practices with institutional social missions. In opposition to the recent focus on uplifting museum content and activities online, I investigate an overlooked question regarding the role of challenging heritage on social media during the pandemic. I end with a call for the sector to consider the complexities of including or excluding challenging heritage from current museum online activities and in turn, the opening or foreclosure of critical reflections at a pivotal time in history.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Challenging heritage, social media, COVID-19.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kist, Dr Cassandra
Authors: Kist, C.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Information Studies
Journal Name:Museum and Society
Publisher:University of Leicester
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Cassandra Kist
First Published:First published in Museum and Society 18(3): 345-348
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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