As part of the European Commission-funded research project ‘European Museums in an Age of Migrations’ (MeLa) ICCHS researcher Chris Whitehead is calling for people who might like to participate in a research study. Working with colleagues from the Copenhagen Institute of Interactive Design, we will be conducting visitor studies at the Discovery Museum on the 10th and 11th of March.
We need 2-3 sets of people to visit the new ‘Destination Tyneside’ gallery in pairs (friends, relatives or couples are all fine) and 2-3 people to visit on their own. As this is a study of visitor behaviour and responses to the display we are looking for people who are NOT ICCHS staff members, students or graduates or heritage professionals. This is because we need people who have not been trained to be critical of exhibitions. So we are appealing to readers of this blog to pass this invitation on to friends and relatives who might be interested in being involved in the study.
The research consists of visiting ‘Destination Tyneside’ while wearing video glasses (you can see what they look like here), and then being interviewed by researchers afterwards while watching footage of the visit. The whole time commitment for each participant should be no more than one hour. As the research involves wearing video glasses unfortunately we can’t recruit participants who normally wear glasses of their own (however, contact-lens wearers are welcome). Finally, it would be really good if some of the participants were originally from overseas, even if they are long-term residents in the UK.
If you or an acquaintance are interested in taking part in this research, which is intended to contribute to the development of cutting-edge visitor studies methods and to European Union policy on museums, please email Katie Cooper – firstname.lastname@example.org – giving your name, nationality and availability on the 10th and 11th March, and stating whether you are interested in visiting on your own or as part of a pair.