Our museum: Does the museum have one or several communities?

Who are a museum’s communities and how do we identify them, work with them and create something meaningful for all visitors? This paper will explore some concepts relating to museum communities and illustrate them with concrete examples of museum practice. In particular it will consider the concept of emotional communities and how we, as museum practitioners and academics, can begin to understand how we can make the museum more accessible to our varied communities. In honour of the hosts this presentation will have a maritime example.