AI: A Museum Planning Toolkit

Murphy, Oonagh and Villaespesa, Elena. 2020. AI: A Museum Planning Toolkit. Discussion Paper. Goldsmiths, University of London, London. [Report]

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In 2019 the Museums + AI network engaged with 50 senior museum professionals, and leading academics across the UK and US. Alongside these industry focussed events we were delighted to throw open the doors to the public through a series of events called Curator: Computer: Creator that encouraged diverse voices to join the conversation on what AI might look like for museums in the near future in partnership with the Barbican Centre (London), and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (NYC).

During these workshops and events, we tested, challenged and refined models of practice, workshop formats, and development tools – this toolkit is one of the results of that work. We hope you will use this toolkit when developing future AI projects in your own museum, and signpost colleagues and peers to it as a free resource to support the development of ethically robust project concepts. The toolkit is designed to start a conversation, it does not provide all the answers, or indeed offer solutions, but instead it serves as a foundation for critical engagement with these technologies and the possibilities and challenges that they offer.

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The Network is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.


AI, Artificial Intelligence, Museum, digital culture, action research, heritage, arts management, machine vision, predictive analytics

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Institute for Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurship (ICCE)


January 2020

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17 Feb 2020 16:10

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17 Feb 2020 16:10


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