I’m very pleased to say that Elee Kirk‘s monograph, Snapshots of Museum Experience: Understanding Child Visitors Through Photography will be published by Routledge in July this year. The book is drawn from Elee’s PhD thesis, and from the book outline that she and I agreed upon before her death in 2016.
Over the last year, I have been wrangling it into book shape, and it has been a strange, fascinating and sometimes painful, collaboration, but I’m pleased with the final result, and I think that Elee would be too (even if this is not quite the same book that she would have written alone).
The book is coming out first in hardback, but there will be a paperback edition to follow which should be more affordable. I hope that the final book does her work justice. Here’s a bit of the blurb:
Children are one of the major audiences for museums, but their visits are often seen solely from the point of view of museum learning. In Snapshots of Museum Experience, Will Buckingham draws upon Elee Kirk’s research amongst child visitors to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, to take a different approach. Using a method of photo-elicitation with four- and five-year-old child visitors to the museum, the book investigates children’s experience of the museum, and in the process undermines many of our assumptions about the interests, needs and demands of child museum visitors.