Museum Basics

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Psychology Press, 1993 - Reference - 319 pages
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Drawing from a wide range of experience, the authors propose the simple ideas which should underpin all professional museum training courses. Organised on a modular basis Museum Basics provides a basic guide to `best practice' in every aspect of museum work, from museum organisation, through collections management and conservation, to marketing and security. It is designed for training courses, to be supplemented by case studies, project work and group discussion.
 

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Contents

About museums
2
About this book
3
Types of museums
6
The role of museums
9
The museum and its users
15
Museums are for people
16
Understanding your market
18
Marketing your museum
26
principles
162
light
164
temperature and humidity
167
air pollutioninsect and pest attack
171
Materials testing
173
large and heavy objects
176
small and light objects
178
Handling and packing
183

museums and disabled people
30
The museum visit
34
within the museum
37
outside the museum
41
creating programmes
49
Facilities for visitors
56
shops
58
food and drink
61
Improving facilities for users
64
Introducing interpretation
67
graphics
71
threedimensional
73
audiovisualinteractive
75
using people
77
Museum lighting
79
Museum showcases
82
Planning a new display
84
Research for displays
87
Writing text
88
Briefing a designer
95
Exhibition design and production
100
Evaluating exhibitions
106
Information services
111
Publications
114
Public relations and the media
118
Working with other organisationssupporters groups
121
Types of collections
124
Policies for collecting
127
Policies for disposal
129
Donations purchases and loans
132
The development and care of a museums
139
collections Unit 38 Collecting and field documentation
140
Fieldwork and record centres
142
Photography film and video
144
Oral history and audio recording
147
Documentation systems
150
The role of collections in research
156
Conservation planning
158
Working with conservators
160
principles
185
practice
187
Disaster planninginsurance
189
physical and electronic
193
systems and procedures
195
The museum and its buildings
201
form and function
202
Planning new museum buildings
205
Working with architects
208
Preparing briefs for architects
209
management and maintenance
212
Access and accessibility
216
Atmosphere pace and flow
220
Orientation
224
The museum and its management
229
Legal status and management structures
230
Management planning and policy development
232
Making a forward plan
235
Performance measurement for museums
239
Financial management
242
Fundraising
245
Internal communications and procedures
248
Staff structures
251
Volunteers in museums
252
Recruiting museum staff
256
Conditions of service
259
Performance standards for the individual
261
Job appraisal and performance measurement
264
Staff training
266
Health and safety
268
Administrative procedures
273
Supporting resources and services
277
Glossary
278
Sources of information and support
281
Further reading
283
Appendix COM Code of Professional Ethics
295
Note on illustrations
315
Index
316
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Art in Museums
Susan M. Pearce
Limited preview - 1995
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About the author (1993)

Crispin Paine is Honorary Lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL.

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