- Department: Archaeology
- Module co-ordinator: Dr. Stella Basinyi
- Credit value: 20 credits
- Credit level: H
- Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
- See module specification for other years: 2023-24
In this module you will design exhibition content using archaeological and heritage objects. In preparation for doing so, we will explore principles of good exhibition design, considering the key questions of WHY we are designing an exhibition, WHO it is for, WHAT we want to happen as a result and HOW we will deliver these outcomes for our audiences. This module will give you both practical skills and theoretical knowledge, equipping you to produce and evaluate engaging interpretive materials for archaeological and heritage.
|Semester 2 2024-25
This module aims to:
By the end of the module the students should be able to:
This module will provide you with an understanding of the context within which interpretive work takes place in the profession, and the implications of this for how it is planned and carried out. In addition, it aims to develop your understanding of good interpretation design and exhibition planning. This includes understanding audiences, key messages and the use of different communicative media that might be deployed. We will also consider the ways interpretive material can be stored and shared in order to make all outputs accessible to future researchers and audiences, as well as the role of museums and their varied interpretative practice in the modern world.
Working in groups, the module will then provide hands-on experience in connection with an exhibition, introducing you to all aspects of interpretation planning, including desk-based research, working with objects and preparing interpretive media. We will produce a public-facing exhibition that will allow you to make a contribution to public understanding of the interconnectedness of the past, present and future.
Finally, the module will provide you with an appreciation of how the success of exhibitions can be evaluated and how the results of evaluation can be used in future exhibition planning.
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Students will work week by week towards their summative assessment during their activities in class.
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Formative: oral feedback from module leaders in class
Summative: written feedback within the University's turnaround policy
Kidd, J. (2014) Museums in the New Mediascape: Transmedia, Participation, Ethics. Farnham: Ashgate.
Moshenska, G. (2017) Key Concepts in Public Archaeology. London: UCL.
Slack, S. (2020) Interpreting Heritage: A Guide to Planning and Practice. Abingdon: Routledge.