Participatory Design / Approach
An exhibition or museum is designed so that visitors are active, cultural participants, not passive consumers.
"Rather than delivering the same content to everyone, a participatory institution collects and shares diverse, personalized, and changing content co-produced with visitors.
It invites visitors to respond and add to cultural artifacts, scientific evidence, and historical records on display. It showcases the diverse creations and opinions of non-experts. People use the institution as meeting grounds for dialogue around the content presented. Instead of being “about” something or “for” someone, participatory institutions are created and managed “with” visitors.
From: The Participatory Museum, by Nina Simon
Watch the video (spoken English, written English, BSL) of the Harris Museum in Preston for an example of the participatory approach: