A special issue of the journal Children’s Geographies (guest edited by Abi Hackett, Rachel Holmes, Christina MacRae and Lisa Procter) on the theme of young children in museums came out last year. We called the SI “spatial, material and bodily ways of knowing” and chose Children’s Geographies as our host journal because we believe that research needs to pay more attention to how the materiality of a place such as a museum is experienced by children. Children are more than ‘little learners’ (Kirk, 2016) in a museum, and much of what they experience as special or meaningful during a museum visit is difficult to account for in words. Through the special issue, we sought to open up a space for readers to engage with cutting edge research from around the world that accounts for tacit and emplaced knowing, material entanglements and non-representational aspects of experience in accounts of children’s presence in museums. These aspects of children’s experience in museums have previously been under theorised, and by bringing them to the fore, we hope to build on, contribute to and disrupt theory and practice with regards to children in museums.
A journal such as Children’s Geographies usually requires a personal or institutional subscription to access many of the papers, yet we knew it was important for museum practitioners and researchers around the world to be able to read this work. Therefore, we are happy to announce we have negotiated an open access link to the whole special issue for a limited period of time.
What you need to know;
- The above link will give you free access to all the papers in the special issue. We recommend you download the papers and save them as pdfs, that way you will have access to them forever.
- The link requires you to register an personal account and then log in.
- The free access link will work until end of July.
- The papers in the special issue describe research with children aged 8 years and under in museums in UK, New Zealand and US. There are visual essays, empirical papers that describe what happens when children visit museums, theoretical papers that offer new concepts and framings for thinking about what is going on when children visit museums, and also a discussion paper in which practitioners and academics consider the implications of this research for practice.
- If you have any problems accessing the papers using this link, just get in touch through the contact page.
Image credit: Dylan Yamada-Rice. Part of a visual essay published in the Special Issue.