REF2014 Impact Case Study: Exhibiting Europe: Transnationalizing Museum Networks and Narratives

Impact: Cultural & Creative Impacts

Description of impact

The Exhibiting Europe project has generated change in the museum world with a pan-European reach. It has had significant impact on museum organizations, by helping them to improve their networking and lobbying activities; museum professionals, by suggesting ways to ‘transnationalize’ their activities and historical narratives; and policy-makers in the cultural and museum field, by contributing to a high level policy dialogue with the European Parliament, the European Commission and EU member-states about ways to ‘narrate’ Europe and European integration.

Who is affected

Museum organizations; Museum professionals; Cultural policymakers.


The project Exhibiting Europe has generated change in the museum world becoming one of only eight partner projects of the Europe-wide Network of European Museum Organisations (NEMO). In addition, close links with the ESF-funded Inventing Europe programme and has made a major contribution to the novel systematic cooperation of a team of 13 historians with major European science and technology museums including the British Science Museum. Together they have developed an interactive web-site hosted by the Foundation for the History of Technology. The web-site combines objects from the museums with stories and story pathways written by historians, making them accessible for HEI and school teachers/students and others with an interest in the history of technology.
Impact statusOpen
Category of impactCultural & Creative Impacts
Impact levelBenefit (delivered impact)


  • museums


  • REF2014