Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials x 15


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam Object Study (2500 words)  50%
Semester Assessment Exhibition Project with Report (2000 words)  50%
Supplementary Exam As above. Essay in place of Exhibition Project 

Learning Outcomes

1. show an awareness of the practical aspects of conveying information through the display and interpretation of objects
2. articulate ideas about display and interpretation in depth in group discussions
3. use and develop the practical museum skills learned on this module
4. creatively apply knowledge and skills acquired in other M&GS modules in a professional context within this module
5. work independently and collaboratively in a team
6. share ideas and experience with others in the group

Brief description

This module provides an understanding of the practical and theoretical issues arising from organising an exhibition for the School of Art Gallery (or Ceramics Gallery). It equips the student with the varied skills required to stage and manage an art exhibition. It may be seen as the culmination of the students' experience of studying Museum and Gallery Studies, allowing them to consolidate and put into practice the theory learned, and the skills acquired, over three years. Under supervision, students research and prepare an exhibition using objects from the School of Art's collections (arranging loans from other institutions where appropriate), working to a specific brief, a deadline, and within a limited budget.


1. investigate the theory and practice of making meanings through display
2. give an insight into the administration of exhibitions
3. demonstrate many of the practical skills required in staging an exhibition
4. create an awareness of accounting and accountability in budgeting and fund raising


The syllabus builds upon topics coverd in previous Museum and Gallery scheme modules and will be drawn from:

Staging Temporary and Touring Exhibition: The Concept and Statement of the Aims
Testing for Demand: Writing and Designing an Illustrated Prospectus
Funding, Sponsorship, Collaboration: Applications and Estimates
Target Audience: Minimising Physical, Intellectual and Cultural Barriers
Research and Scholarship: Educational Potential and Interpretative Methods
Planning and Deadlines: The Exhibits, Budget, Catalogue and Poster
Conditions and Procedures: Arranging Loans, Loan Request Letter, Loan Form, The Condition Report and Transport
Publicity and Marketing
Handling and Hanging the Exhibition
Security and Environmental Issues: Insurance and the Government Indemnity Scheme
The Private View, Press View, and Guest Night
Gallery Education, Outreach and Audience Evaluation
Beyond the Exhibition: the Interactive Display and Multimedia

Reading List

Daniel J Sherman & Irit Rogoff (eds.) (1994) Museum Culture, Histories, Discourses, Spectacles Routledge, London Primo search Eilean Hooper-Greenhill (ed.), (1999) The Educational Role of Museums Routledge, London Primo search I Karp & S D Levine (1991) Exhibiting Cultures. The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display Routledge, London Primo search Michael Belcher (1991) Exhibitions in Museums Leicester University Press, Leicester & London Primo search Mike Sixsmith (ed.) (1995) Touring Exhibitions: Touring Exhibitions Group?s Manual of Good Practice Butterworth/Heinemann, London Primo search Museums Association (1992) Manual of Curatorship Butterworths, London Primo search Museums Association Museum Practice `Display?, Issue 2, Vol. 1, July 1996, `Outreach?, Issue 3, Vol. 1, [December] 1996, `Interpretation?, Issue 5, Vol. 2, No.2, 1997, `Visitor Services?, Issue 7, Vol. 3, No.1, 1998, `AV & Multimedia?, Issue 9, Vol. 3, No.3, 1998 Primo search T M Ambrose (ed.) (1987) Education in Museums; Museums in Education HMSO, Edinburgh Primo search Standards for Touring Exhibitions A Museums and Galleries Commission Publication Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6