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Museum Basics

The International Handbook, 4th Edition

By Timothy Ambrose, Crispin Paine

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This fourth edition of Museum Basics has been produced for use in the many museums worldwide that operate with few professional staff and limited resources. The fourth edition has been fully updated to reflect the many changes that have taken place in museums around the world over the last six years.

Drawing from a wide range of practical experience, the authors provide a basic guide to all aspects of museum work, from audience development and learning, through collections management and conservation, to museum management and forward planning. Museum Basics is organised on a modular basis, with over 100 units in eight sections. It can be used both as a reference work to assist day-to-day museum management, and as the key textbook for pre-service and in-service museum training programmes, where it can be supplemented by case studies, project work and group discussion. This edition includes over 100 diagrams to support the text, as well as a glossary, sources of information and support and a select bibliography. Museum Basics is also supported by its own companion website, which provides a wide range of additional resources for readers.

Museum Basics aims to help the museum practitioner keep up to date with new thinking about the function of museums and their relationships with the communities they serve. The training materials provided within the book are also suitable for pre-service and in-service students who wish to gain a full understanding of work in a museum.

Reviews

'A truly international hands-on guide tailored to museums of different sizes, collection focuses, audience bases, national contexts, and funding and management structures! In its step-by-step account and easy-to-read prose, Museum Basics has made the complex task of running museums in our ever-changing world more manageable for museum professionals.'

Yunci Cai, University College London, UK

'Museum Basics is a clearly written and wonderfully practical book for staff at small and medium-sized museums who desire a highly professional approach to the day-to-day issues of museum practice and visitor experience.'

Ed Gyllenhaal, Gencairn Museum, US

'An easy to follow primer for operating a museum. Updated sections such as on new technologies or the impact of armed conflict consider important present challenges and the authors remain sensitive to the different conditions of museums across the globe.'

Jennifer Kingsley, John Hopkins University, US

'Museum Basics is an important and enduring resource for museum studies students and museum professionals. This fourth edition offers a comprehensive overview and guide to not only museological practice and policies, but also ongoing debates and discussions about what constitutes ethical and considered practices and engagements with the many and varied stakeholders and communities with whom museum professionals must work and engage.'

Laurajane Smith, The Australian National University, Australia

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

List of figures

List of boxes

Acknowledgements

Foreword

SECTION 1 INTRODUCTORY

UNIT 1 ABOUT THIS BOOK

UNIT 2 ABOUT MUSEUMS

UNIT 3 TYPES OF MUSEUMS

UNIT 4 THE CASE FOR MUSEUMS

UNIT 5 MUSEUMS AND SUSTAINABILITY

UNIT 6 MUSEUMS AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

UNIT 7 MUSEUMS AND THEORY

UNIT 8 MUSEUMS AND ETHICS

SECTION 2 THE MUSEUM AND ITS USERS

UNIT 9 MUSEUMS AND THEIR LOCATION

UNIT 10 MUSEUMS ARE FOR PEOPLE

UNIT 11 ACCESS AND ACCESSIBILITY

UNIT 12 UNDERSTANDING YOUR MARKET

UNIT 13 MARKETING YOUR MUSEUM

UNIT 14 DEVELOPING NEW AUDIENCES

UNIT 15 SPECIAL AUDIENCES:

MUSEUMS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

UNIT 16 THE MUSEUM VISIT

UNIT 17 LEARNING IN MUSEUMS

UNIT 18 LEARNING: INSIDE THE MUSEUM

UNIT 19 LEARNING: BEYOND THE MUSEUM

UNIT 20 EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES: CREATING PROGRAMMES

UNIT 21 FACILITIES FOR VISITORS

UNIT 22 PROVIDING SERVICES: SHOPS AND SALES POINTS

UNIT 23 PROVIDING SERVICES: FOOD AND DRINK

UNIT 24 PROVIDING FACILITIES FOR HIRE

UNIT 25 INFORMATION SERVICES

UNIT 26 PUBLICATIONS

UNIT 27 MUSEUM WEBSITES

UNIT 28 SOCIAL MEDIA AND MUSEUMS

UNIT 29 PUBLIC RELATIONS AND THE MEDIA

UNIT 30 WORKING WITH FRIENDS’ AND VOLUNTEER GROUPS

UNIT 31 RESEARCHERS AS USERS

SECTION 3 PRESENTING AND INTERPRETING COLLECTIONS

UNIT 32 INTRODUCING INTERPRETATION

UNIT 33 PRESENTATION TECHNIQUES: GRAPHICS

UNIT 34 PRESENTATION TECHNIQUES: THREE-DIMENSIONAL

UNIT 35 PRESENTATION TECHNIQUES: AUDIO-VISUAL

UNIT 36 PRESENTATION TECHNIQUES: INTERACTIVES

UNIT 37 PRESENTATION TECHNIQUES: USING PEOPLE

UNIT 38 MUSEUM LIGHTING

UNIT 39 MUSEUM SHOWCASES

UNIT 40 PLANNING NEW DISPLAYS AND EXHIBITIONS

UNIT 41 RESEARCH FOR DISPLAYS AND EXHIBITIONS

UNIT 42 WRITING TEXT

UNIT 43 BRIEFING A DESIGNER

UNIT 44 DISPLAY AND EXHIBITION DESIGN AND PRODUCTION

UNIT 45 NEW MEDIA

UNIT 46 EVALUATING DISPLAYS AND EXHIBITIONS

SECTION 4 COLLECTING AND COLLECTIONS

UNIT 47 TYPES OF COLLECTIONS

UNIT 48 POLICIES FOR COLLECTING

UNIT 49 POLICIES FOR DISPOSAL

UNIT 50 DONATIONS, PURCHASES AND LOANS

UNIT 51 COLLECTING AND FIELD DOCUMENTATION

UNIT 52 OBJECT RESEARCH

UNIT 53 FIELDWORK AND RECORD CENTRES

UNIT 54 PHOTOGRAPHY, FILM AND VIDEO

UNIT 55 AUDIO-RECORDING AND ORAL HISTORY

UNIT 56 THE ROLE OF COLLECTIONS IN RESEARCH

UNIT 57 ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS AND REPATRIATION

UNIT 58 MUSEUM ARCHIVES AND MUSEUM HISTORY

SECTION 5 MANAGING AND CARING FOR COLLECTIONS

UNIT 59 COLLECTIONS MANAGEMENT PLANS

UNIT 60 COLLECTIONS AUDITS

UNIT 61 DOCUMENTATION SYSTEMS

UNIT 62 WORKING WITH CONSERVATORS

UNIT 63 PREVENTIVE CONSERVATION: PRINCIPLES

UNIT 64 ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND CONTROL: LIGHT

UNIT 65 ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND CONTROL:

HUMIDITY AND TEMPERATURE

UNIT 66 ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND CONTROL:

AIR POLLUTION/PEST AND INSECT ATTACK

UNIT 67 MATERIALS TESTING

UNIT 68 STORAGE: PRINCIPLES

UNIT 69 STORAGE: PRACTICE

UNIT 70 HANDLING, PACKING AND MOVING COLLECTIONS

UNIT 71 REMEDIAL CONSERVATION: PRINCIPLES

UNIT 72 REMEDIAL CONSERVATION: PRACTICE

UNIT 73 DISASTER PLANNING

UNIT 74 INSURANCE

UNIT 75 COLLECTIONS SECURITY: PHYSICAL AND ELECTRONIC

UNIT 76 COLLECTIONS SECURITY: SYSTEMS AND PROCEDURES

UNIT 77 COPYRIGHT

SECTION 6 THE MUSEUM AND ITS BUILDINGS

UNIT 78 MUSEUM BUILDINGS: FORM AND FUNCTION

UNIT 79 MUSEUMS AND THEIR PHYSICAL SETTING

UNIT 80 MUSEUM BUILDINGS: PLANNING FOR ACCESS

UNIT 81 OPTIONS ANALYSIS AND FEASIBILITY ASSESSMENT

UNIT 82 WORKING WITH ARCHITECTS

UNIT 83 MUSEUM BUILDINGS: PHYSICAL SECURITY

UNIT 84 MUSEUM BUILDINGS: MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE

UNIT 85 MUSEUM BUILDINGS: SUSTAINABILITY

UNIT 86 MOVING THE MUSEUM

UNIT 87 ORIENTATION AND SIGNAGE

UNIT 88 ATMOSPHERE, PACE AND FLOW

SECTION 7 THE MUSEUM AND ITS MANAGEMENT

UNIT 89 LEGAL STATUS, GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT

STRUCTURES

UNIT 90 PARTNERSHIPS

UNIT 91 NETWORKING

UNIT 92 POLICY DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT PLANNING

UNIT 93 DEVELOPING A FORWARD PLAN

UNIT 94 MEASURING PERFORMANCE IN MUSEUMS

UNIT 95 EVALUATING THE MUSEUM’S SUCCESS

UNIT 96 PROJECT MANAGEMENT

UNIT 97 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

UNIT 98 NEW SOURCES OF INCOME

UNIT 99 FUND-RAISING

UNIT 100 MANAGEMENT OF CHANGE

UNIT 101 INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS

UNIT 102 STAFF STRUCTURES

UNIT 103 VOLUNTEERS IN MUSEUMS

UNIT 104 RECRUITING MUSEUM STAFF

UNIT 105 CONDITIONS OF SERVICE

UNIT 106 PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR THE INDIVIDUAL

UNIT 107 JOB APPRAISAL AND ASSESSING PERFORMANCE

UNIT 108 STAFF TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

UNIT 109 USING CONSULTANTS AND OUTSOURCING

UNIT 110 HEALTH AND SAFETY

UNIT 111 ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES

UNIT 112 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND THE MUSEUM

SECTION 8 SUPPORTING RESOURCES

UNIT 113 SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND SUPPORT

UNIT 114 RESOURCES FOR MUSEUMS ON THE INTERNET

Glossary

Select bibliography

Index

About the Authors

Timothy Ambrose is an international consultant working in the field of museums and cultural heritage. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a Fellow of the Museums Association. He has a particular interest in the role of museums in destination development and has published widely on museums and cultural heritage issues.

Crispin Paine is a former curator and museum consultant, now an author and museum volunteer. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a Fellow of the Museums Association. He has particular interests in local community museums and in the material culture of religion.

About the Series

Heritage: Care-Preservation-Management

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC002000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOC003000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology