Foreword to Special Issue


  • Judith McCarthy
  • Joan Condell



According to the International Council of Museums (ICOM, current definition, “A museum is a non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment.” As we move into the third decade of the 21st century, cultural heritage institutions throughout the world are using innovative digital solutions to enhance their work in all areas and also in how they communicate and exhibit heritage. This journal Special Issue presents articles that show examples and case studies demonstrating how invention and innovation can successfully take place when Museums and Digital Media converge.