University: University of Alexandria

Faculty: Faculty of Arts

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

Course Description

 

Basic Information

Course code:

Course Title: Museum Documentation and Interpretations

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

Course Type:          Compulsory                                                   Elective   

Hours/week: 4     theoretical:  2     practical:  4

Credit Hours: 4

1. Course Aims

This course aims to:

Highlighting the role of museums in connecting communities to their heritage through Interpretation of museum collections by means of exhibitions and training students and museum professionals and enhance their capacity in planning, development, implementation, evaluation and maintenance of exhibitions.

2. Intended Learning Outcomes

a. Knowledge and Understanding

·       Methods of documentation

·       Applying on particular purposes

b. Intellectual Skills

·       Interpretation skills

c. Professional Skills

·       Design or selecting the best practice in documentation

d. General & Transferable skills

 

2. Course Contents

Topics covered by this course include:

1.     Introduction and Course Overview- Definitions of Interpretation, museum exhibitions, role and types of exhibits

2.     Visitors

3.     Exhibition Design.- Design theory and strategy, Themes and goals, target audience and visitors and involvement of local communities.

4.     Planning an Exhibition-Practical issues.-- Decision making, collecting information, where to find help, project management and team, Schematic plan, planning notebook, design drawings and integrating the exhibition with museum architecture,

5.     Implementation of a Museum Exhibition.-- Materials, media and resources , Selecting collections and objects, borrowing, acquisition, rights to images, illustrations and connecting with collection management. Installation and Close-Out Steps.Show cases, design, materials, fabrication and mounting

6.     Documentation, Installation and close-out

7.     Collection care and Exhibition Durability.-- Caring for exhibition collections and objects, conservation, temperature and humidity controls, pollutants, lighting, physical security, risk preparedness, Maintenance, activities, monitoring objects, monitoring environment, keeping information, repairs, upgrading and evaluating public outreach.

8.     Exhibition Catalogs and  Publications

9.     Case Study.-- Assessing a current exhibition, creating a development plan and evaluation system.

3. Teaching and Learning Methods

5. The Teaching and learning methods will consist of a mix of learner-centered methods, teacher-based methods and interactive methods. Those will be manifested in :

6. 1. Lectures varying from oral presentation with or without powerpoint presentations. The lecture will be based on prior assigned readings and writing a summary of the highlights of the lecture.

7. 2. Discussions involving prior readings, writing a report that will be disseminated to the class mates, discussion in class will follow a model of discussion leader, moderator, and PowerPoint presentations.

8. 3. Demonstrations will be undertaken through fieldtrip to observe and discuss topics raised in class in real life situations.

9. 4. Role playing will be used to deepen understanding of real-life situations

5. Buzz groups to discuss and debate critical issues for presentation in class.

4. Teaching and Learning Methods for Students of Limited Capabilities

Special attention will be given to student of limited capabilities through a battery of steps including seating, facilitating interaction with students and tutors, mentoring, setting goals, giving extensions, providing extra-curricular help, assistance with reading and writing, positive support and encouragement, and motivation..

5. Students Assessment

a. Assessment methods

Participation in discussions and class activities, Exercises, quizzes, presentations involving readings, writing a synopsis, writing a critical review of readings, oral presentation in class, research team assignment and report writing.

b. Assessment schedule and weight

Assessment

week

% of total mark

Exercise and/or quizz

4

10%

Presentation

8

20%

 

Presentation

8

20 %

 

 

 

Final Exam

15

60%

6. List of References

a. Core readings:

·        Introduction

Alexander, E.P., Museums in Motion: An Introduction to the History and Functions of Museums (Nashville, Tenn.: American Association for State and Local History, 1979). Smithsonian Institution, American Art Network, Newsletter,(Spring, 1992)1, p.15

Dean, D., 2002. Museum exhibition: Theory and practice. Routledge.

Bedford, L., 2015. The art of museum exhibitions. Dimensions37.

Commission on Museums for a New Century, 1984. Museums for a new century: A report of the commission on museums for a new century. Amer Assn of Museums. Belcher, Michael, 1992. Exhibitions in Museums. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press.

Durbin, G. ed., 1996. Developing museum exhibitions for lifelong learning. Stationery Office/Tso.

Lord, B. and Piacente, M. eds., 2014. Manual of museum exhibitions. Rowman & LittlefieldDurbin, G. ed., 1996. Developing museum exhibitions for lifelong learning. Stationery Office/Tso.

Pearce, S., 2017. Museums, objects, and collections: A cultural study. Smithsonian Institution.

.American Association of Museums.

Te Heesen, A., 2018. On the History of the Exhibition. Representations141(1), pp.59-66.

·        Visitors

Falk, J., 2015. Visitor Studies. In Encyclopedia of Science Education (pp. 1097-1101). Springer Netherlands.

Falk, J., 2016. Museum audiences: A visitor-centered perspective. Loisir et Société/Society and Leisure39(3), pp.357-370.

Karp, I., Kreamer, C.M. and Levine, S. eds., 2013. Museums and communities: The politics of public culture. Smithsonian Institution.

Rogers, A.H., 2016. Community Co-Creation of Museum Exhibitions (Doctoral dissertation, University of Otago).

Serrell, B. and Adams, R., 1998. Paying attention: Visitors and museum exhibitions. American Association of Museums.

Stuedahl, D. and Smørdal, O., 2011. Designing for young visitors’ co-composition of doubts in cultural historical exhibitions. Computers and Composition28(3), pp.215-223.

·        Interpretation

Achiam, M., May, M. and Marandino, M., 2014. Affordances and distributed cognition in museum exhibitions. Museum Management and curatorship29(5), pp.461-481.

Ahmad, S., Abbas, M.Y., Yusof, W.Z.M. and Taib, M.Z.M., 2015. Adapting Museum Visitors as Participants Benefits their Learning Experience?. Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences168, pp.156-170.

Ahmad, S., Abbas, M.Y., Taib, M.Z.M. and Masri, M., 2014. Museum Exhibition Design: Communication of meaning and the shaping of knowledge. Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences153, pp.254-265.

Argyropoulos, V., Aloupi-Siotis, E., Polikreti, K., Apostolides, R., El Saddik, W., Gottschalk, R., el Nazeer, M.A., Vryonidou-Yiangou, M., Ashdjian, P., Yannoulatou, M.C. and Simon, S., 2014. Museum Education and Archaeological Ethics: An Approach to the Illicit Trade of Antiquities. Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies12(1).

·        Exhibition Design

Ashton, S.D., 2011. High Priority Design Values Used by Successful Children's Museum Exhibit Developers: A Multiple Case Study Analysis of Expert Opinions.

Bedford, L., 2014. The Art of Museum Exhibitions: How story and imagination create aesthetic experiences. Left Coast Press.

Beghetto, R.A., 2014. The exhibit as planned versus the exhibit as experienced. Curator: The Museum Journal57(1), pp.1-4.

Del Chiappa, G., Andreu, L. and G. Gallarza, M., 2014. Emotions and visitors’ satisfaction at a museum. International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research8(4), pp.420-431.

Dubberly, Sara, ed, 1992. Exhibition Planning and Management: Reprints from NAME’s Recent and Recommended. Washington, D.C.: American Association of Museums, Technical Information Service.

Hall, M., 1987. On display. A design grammar for museum exhibitions. Lund humphries.

MacLeod, S., Dodd, J. and Duncan, T., 2015. New museum design cultures: harnessing the potential of design and ‘design thinking’in museums. Museum Management and Curatorship30(4), pp.314-341.

Maye, L.A., McDermott, F.E., Ciolfi, L. and Avram, G., 2014, October. Interactive exhibitions design: what can we learn from cultural heritage professionals?. In Proceedings of the 8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Fun, Fast, Foundational (pp. 598-607). ACM.

Powers, J., 2015. Current Trends in Museum Display. The Oxford Handbook of Roman Sculpture, p.59.

Roccetti, M., Marfia, G. and Bertuccioli, C., 2014. Day and night at the museum: intangible computer interfaces for public exhibitions. Multimedia tools and applications69(3), pp.1131-1157.

Selvam, A., Yap, T.T.V., Ng, H., Tong, H.L. and Ho, C.C., 2016. Augmented Reality for Information Retrieval Aimed at Museum Exhibitions using Smartphones. Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences100(3), pp.635-639.

Taxén, G., 2005. Participatory Design in Museums: Visitor-Oriented Perspectives on Exhibition Design (Doctoral dissertation, KTH).

·        Implementation of an Exhibition

Dean, D., 2002. Museum exhibition: Theory and practice. Routledge.

Bedford, L., 2015. The art of museum exhibitions. Dimensions37.

Lord, B. and Piacente, M. eds., 2014. Manual of museum exhibitions. Rowman & LittlefieldDurbin, G. ed., 1996. Developing museum exhibitions for lifelong learning. Stationery Office/Tso.

Serrell, B., 1983. Making exhibit labels: A step-by-step guide. American Association for State and Local History.

Summers, John 2018. Creating Exhibits That Engage: A Manual for Museums and Historical Organizations


Rowman & Littlefield, Mar 15, 2018 - Business & Economics - 200 pages

Thompson, J.M. ed., 2015. Manual of curatorship: a guide to museum practice. Routledge.My libraryMy History

·        Collection care and  Exhibition Durability

Lord, B. and Piacente, M. eds., 2014. Manual of museum exhibitions. Rowman & Littlefield.

Raphael, T., 1999. Creating a set of conservation guidelines for exhibitions. CRM-WASHINGTON-22, pp.50-52.

Summers, John 2018. Creating Exhibits That Engage: A Manual for Museums and Historical Organizations


Rowman & Littlefield, Mar 15, 2018 - Business & Economics - 200 pages

Thompson, J.M. ed., 2015. Manual of curatorship: a guide to museum practice. Routledge.

http://photoworksgroup.com/2013/09/03/top-5-tips-for-museum-exhibit-durability/

https://airandspace.si.edu/rfp/exhibitions/files/j1-exhibition-guidelines/4/Exhibition%20Fabrication%20Sustainability.pdf

·        Publications and Exhibition Catalogs

Writing an entry in a museum catalog. http://www.csus.edu/indiv/o/obriene/art116/readings/writing%20an%20entry%20in%20an%20exhibition%20catalog.pdf

Exhibition catalog guide

http://www.magsq.com.au/_dbase_upl/Exhibition%20Catalogues.pdf

Writing a museum catalog

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/1004/02/

Cataloging Exhibition Publications: Best Practices

https://www.loc.gov/cds/desktop/documents/cep-bp.pdf

  1. Suggested readings:

Barclay, R.L., 1983. Anatomy of an Exhibition: the Look of Music. International Institute for Conservation-Canadian Group= Institut international pour la conservation-Groupe canadien.

Blake, J. and Mayer, D., 2015. Material Culture of the Middle East, Its Intangible Dimensions and New Museums. Anthropology of the Middle East10(1), pp.v-ix.

Budge, K., 2017. Objects in Focus: Museum Visitors and Instagram. Curator: The Museum Journal60(1), pp.67-85.Choi, H.S., 2014. The conjugation method of augmented reality in museum exhibition. International Journal of Smart Home8(1), pp.217-228.

Dean, D.K., 2015. Planning for Success: Project Management for Museum Exhibitions. The International Handbooks of Museum Studies.

Erskine-Loftus, P., Al-Mulla, M.I. and Hightower, V. eds., 2016. Representing the Nation: Heritage, Museums, National Narratives, and Identity in the Arab Gulf States (Vol. 3). Routledge.

Knell, S., Aronsson, P. and Amundsen, A.B. eds., 2014. National museums: New studies from around the world. Routledge.

Serrell, B., 1997. Paying attention: The duration and allocation of visitors' time in museum exhibitions. Curator: The museum journal40(2), pp.108-125.

Talboys, G.K., 2016. Using museums as an educational resource: An introductory handbook for students and teachers. Routledge.

Tavcar, A., Antonya, C. and Butila, E.V., 2016. Recommender system for virtual assistant supported museum tours. Informatica40(3), p.279.

Tilberg, F., 1958. Interpreting Our Heritage, Principles and Practices for Visitor Services In Parks, Museums and Historic Places.

Tzortzi, K., 2015. Museum space: where architecture meets museology. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd

Zhang, R. and Russo, A., 2015. Towards comparative methods for evaluating cross-cultural digital creativity in museum exhibitions. MWA2015: Museums and the Web Asia 2015.

c. Periodicals, websites, etc.

 

7. Course Matrix for Achievement of Intended Learning Outcomes

Topic

week

Knowledge & Understanding

Intellectual Skills

Professional Skills

General & Transferable Skills

Introduction and Course Overview

1

xxx

xxx

xx

xxx

Visitors audience and involvement of local communities

2

xxx

xxx

xx

xxx

Interpretation

3

xxx

xxx

xx

xxx

Exercise and/or quizz

4

 

 

 

 

4. Exhibition Design.

5

xx

xxx

xx

xxx

Planning an Exhibition

6

x

x

xxx

xx

Implimentation

7

xx

x

xxx

xxx

Presentation

8

 

 

 

 

Documentation, Installation and Close-out

9

xx

xx

xxx

xx

Assignments

10

 

 

 

 

Collection care and exhibition durability

11

xx

x

xxx

xx

Exhibition catalog and Publications

12

xxx

xx

xxx

x

Museum visits and case studies I

13

X

xx

xxx

xx

Museum visits and case studies II

14

X

xx

xxx

xx

Final Exam

15