Module Identifier MG30420  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Mr Robert K Meyrick  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Mrs Belinda J Marking, Ms Moira M Vincentelli, Mr Neil A Holland  
Pre-Requisite MG10120 , MG20110 , MG20410  
Co-Requisite MG30110  
Course delivery Lecture   x 8  
  Seminars / Tutorials   4/3  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam   
Supplementary Exam   

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. be aware 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 professional supervision, students research and prepare an exhibition using objects from the School of Art'r 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


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 Lists

T M Ambrose (ed.) (1987) Education in Museums; Museums in Education HMSO, Edinburgh
I Karp & S D Levine (1991) Exhibiting Cultures. The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display Routledge, London
Eilean Hooper-Greenhill (ed.), (1999) The Educational Role of Museums Routledge, London
Daniel J Sherman & Irit Rogoff (eds.) (1994) Museum Culture, Histories, Discourses, Spectacles Routledge, London
Michael Belcher (1991) Exhibitions in Museums Leicester University Press, Leicester & London
Museums Association (1992) Manual of Curatorship Butterworths, London
Standards for Touring Exhibitions A Museums and Galleries Commission Publication
Mike Sixsmith (ed.) (1995) Touring Exhibitions: Touring Exhibitions Group?s Manual of Good Practice Butterworth/Heinemann, London
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


This module is at CQFW Level 6