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HS5237 Museum Skills

[This course is not running in the current academic year]

This course aims to promote an appreciation and critical understanding of the history and nature of the museum sector in Britain. Taught at the Museum of London, it will use this institution as an example to explore the nature of museum collections, how these are acquired and cared for, and how museums go about using these collections to communicate to a range of different audiences. Using archaeological and early social history collections it also aims also to encourage and improve the use of museum resources for research. Students will learn how museum collections are cared for, catalogued and used, and how exhibitions and other museum projects are organised.


Introductory Reading: 

Kavanagh, Gaynor, ed., Museum Provision and Professionalism (London: Routledge, 1994).

Merriman, Nick, ed., Making Early Histories in Museums (London: Leicester University Press, 1999).

2015 Course Handbook 

Assessment: one essay of 5,000 words or an appropriate exercise at the tutor’s discretion.


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