University: University of Alexandria

Faculty: Faculty of Arts

Department: Department of Greek and Roman Archaeology and Studies, Museum Studies Program, Professional Diploma

Course Description

1. Basic Information

Course code:

Course Title: Martime Museums

Academic Program: Museum Studies Program, Professional Diploma in Museum Studies

Course Type:          Compulsory                                                   Elective   

Hours/week: 2     theoretical:  1     practical:  2

Credit Hours: 2

2. Course Aims

This course aims to:

·       Provide knowledge about the fundamental principles for the field of Maritime Archaeology.

·       Address the major issues of the disciplinary, not only in its historical dimension, but also in the actuality of its debates in a universal comparative approach, considering current issues related to maritime artefacts. Their preservation and diffusion.

·       Provide knowledge of the different Maritime museums in the different countries in Egypt and outside Egypt.

3. Intended Learning Outcomes

a. Knowledge and Understanding

After the course, students should be able to know:

·       The differences between Maritime museums and the other museums.

·       The different between maritime museums in Egypt and outside Egypt.

b. Intellectual Skills

After the course, students should be aware of:

·       What to avoid in their professional and specialized work inside the maritime museum.

·       How to deal with museum objects (tangible & intangible) in a way that promotes their values and to preserve it well.

·       Principles of public relationship with the community his museum serves.

c. Professional Skills

After the course, students would be able to:

·       Improve and strengthen the practices of their maritime museum.

·       Work with openness and transparency.

·       Convey their museum message to the local community.

·       Represent their museum in national and international levels.

d. General & Transferable skills

After this course, students should be able to:

·       Recognize and adapt themselves to any changes in their museum work.

·       Remain updated with international new concerns and challenges in the field of maritime archaeology.

4. Course Contents

Topics covered by this course include:

Maritime museum, sometimes nautical museum, is a museum specializing in the display of objects relating to ships and travel on large bodies,

·       Definitions of Museum mission, types of maritime museums.

·       The ICOM code of ethics for museums and the different ethical codes of the different countries related to their museums.

·       The role of the International Congress of Maritime Museums (ICMM), which coordinates members' efforts to acquire, preserves, and display their material.

·       Ways of addressing to the different ranks of audience (children, teenagers, adults, physically challenged people)

·       Principles of documenting museum diaries and management processes of the different maritime archaeological pieces.

·       To know the recent activity of maritime museums, for example there are intendancies to build replicas of ships, since there are few survivors that have not already been restored and put on display. Another is operating a museum harbor, most notably outside Egypt, that offers mooring to privately own historical vessels, which can be watched but not boarded.

·       Knowing some International maritime museums examples.

5. Teaching and Learning Methods

·       A series of digital documents and Internet links form a basic essential toolbox for Museum curators and managers.

·       Documents: portfolio containing papers of various authors dedicated to the topics of the Course.

·       Museography case studies.

6. Teaching and Learning Methods for Students of Limited Capabilities

-        Videoconferencing and remote learning

7. Students Assessment

a. Assessment methods

-        Power Point Presentations.

-        Writing reports on a given era.

-        Quizzes

-        Written exam

b. Assessment schedule and weight

Assessment

week

% of total mark

Presentation by the students about case studies of maritime museums.

5

15%

Report a visit to a maritime Museum, including the student’s own suggestions towards developing this type of museums in Egypt.

8

15%

Quiz

10

10%

Final Exam

15

60%

8. List of References

a. Core readings:

·        Van Mensch, Peter (ed.) 1989: Museology as a scientific basis for the museum profession. in: Professionalising the Muses. Amsterdam: AHA Books, 85-95.

·        Aymar, B. (1967). A pictorial treasury of the marine museums of the world; A guide to the maritime collections, restorations, replicas, and marine museums in twenty-three countries. New York: Crown.

·        Burton, A. (2003). The Daily Telegraph Guide to Britain's Maritime Past. London: Aurum Press.

·        Evans, M. H., & West, J. (1998). Maritime museums: A guide to the collections and museum ships in Britain and Ireland. London: Chatham Pub.

·        Heiney, P. (2005). Maritime Britain. London: Adlard Coles Nautical.

·        Neill, P., & Krohn, B. E. (1991). Great maritime museums of the world. New York: Balsam Press in association with H.N. Abrams.

·        Smith, R. H. (2006). Smith's guide to maritime museums of North America. Del Mar, CA: C Books.

·        Stammers, M. (1978). Discovering maritime museums and historic ships. Discovering series, no. 228. Aylesbury [England]: Shire Publications.

·        Stanford, J. M. (1990). Sea history's guide to American and Canadian maritime museums. Croton-on-Hudson: Sea History Press.

·        Sullivan, D. (1978). Old ships, boats & maritime museums. London: Coracle Books.

b. Suggested readings:

St. Jacques, Robert (1 October 2000). "Naval Warship Museums Problems And Potentials". Naval Weapons of the World. Retrieved 23 December 2012.

Bruwier, M.-C. 2015: De la médiation égyptienne du patrimoine archéologique au 21e siècle”, in Haggag, M. &Gesche-Koning, N. (eds.) 2015: Squarring the Circle? Research, Museum, Public: A Common Engagement towards Effective Communication, Proceedings of the 13th International Meeting of ICOM, CECA & UMAC 2014, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 25-35.

c. Periodicals, websites, etc.

Key concepts of Museology (ICOM / Armand Colin 2010)
http://icom.museum/uploads/tx_hpoindexbdd/Museologie_Anglais_BD.pdf

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjx1F-N3YbQ

The Role of Museums Today

              

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxMxP83iXNM

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfBKnRlAdTs                  

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gFuEvTTjQY

http://www.museidigenova.it/spip.php?rubrique251

 

9. Course Matrix for Achievement of Intended Learning Outcomes

Topic

week

Knowledge & Understanding

Intellectual Skills

Professional Skills

General & Transferable Skills

Definitions:  types of maritime museums, their aims and roles.

1

x

 

 

x

Definitions: The ICOM code of ethics for museums and the Principles of documenting museum diaries and management processes.

2

x

 

 

x

The role of the International Congress of Maritime Museums (ICMM)

3

x

 

 

x

Ways of addressing to the different ranks of audience (children, teenagers, adults, physically challenged people) I

4

x

 

 

x

Presentations by the students

5

x

 

x

x

Ways of addressing to the different ranks of audience (children, teenagers, adults, physically challenged people) II

6

 

x

x

x

The recent activity of maritime museums I

7

 

x

x

x

Report

8

 

x

x

x

The recent activity of maritime museums II

9

x

x

x

x

Quiz

10

 

 

x

x

Knowing some International maritime museums examples

11

 

x

x

x

Becoming a fair representative of your museum on both local and international levels.

12

x

x

 

x

Museum relationship with the community of specialists,

13

 

x

x

x

Museum relationship with media and the community at large.

14

 

x

x

x

Final Exam

15