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Designing the future of UK-China collaboration in museums and galleries sector

Designing the Future of UK-China RD&I Collaboration in the Museums and Galleries Sector

Our aim is to facilitate long-term RD&I collaboration between museums and galleries in the UK and China, especially in the field of immersive and interactive experiences.

The museums and galleries sector, which is the centre of the UK and China's creative industries, has experienced significant growth in recent years, making significant contributions to the cultures, societies and economies of both countries.

The two countries are exploring opportunities to use immersive and interactive technologies by creating opportunities for bilateral collaboration in the museums and galleries sector. However, despite the strong interest, there is still no concerted effort to drive this potentially highly valuable form of exchange between the UK and China forward strategically and continually at the sector-wide level.

How can a proactive and sustained UK-China collaboration be achieved in the museums and galleries sector?

This project aims to develop a strategic framework facilitating the long-term RD&I collaboration between museums and galleries in the UK and China, focusing on the immersive and interactive museum and gallery experiences.

Project partners:


  • Brunel Design School at Brunel University London (Project Lead)
  • The Natural History Museum

Shanghai, China:

  • The Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry (ICCI) at Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • The Modern Art Museum Shanghai
  • SoART Gallery 
  • Link-Star 
  • Jo-Z Design

The project will benefit:

(i) the museums and galleries in the UK and China looking to understand their counterpart's market and establish or grow their UK-China partnerships;

(ii) the sector-based creative businesses from both countries looking to start up or enhance their UK-China operations by applying new business models and widening business networks;

(iii) the researchers investigating the creative industries in the UK and China;

(iv) the government bodies and policymakers developing the methods to stimulate and monitor international collaboration activities and

(v) the UK-China museum and gallery audience with an interest in the transnational cultural exchange.

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Meet the Principal Investigator(s) for the project

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Partnering with confidence

Organisations interested in our research can partner with us with confidence backed by an external and independent benchmark: The Knowledge Exchange Framework. Read more.

Project last modified 14/06/2022