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Organizing Exhibitions
A Handbook for Museums, Libraries and Archives

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ISBN 9781783303038
Published March 31, 2019 by Facet Publishing
336 Pages


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Book Description

This ground-breaking book is the first to provide museum staff, librarians and archivists with practical guidance on creating and organizing successful exhibitions.

Drawing on international museum practice but applicable to any exhibition or display, the book sets out a time-line from the initial idea to the final legacy. Backed up by advice and guidance and with a list of resources for those who require in-depth knowledge, it has up-to-date information on new developments such as sustainability and flexibility in environmental conditions. Also included are the ten biggest mistakes and the top ten tips for exhibition success.

Part One covers the 10 key stages for a successful exhibition: idea, planning, organization, packing and transport, installation, openings, maintenance and programmes, closure, touring, and legacy. Part Two is a directory of advice and resources, supplementing the information provided in Part One.


Table of Contents

Introduction Exhibition organization The successful exhibition Background Exhibition benefits Planning an exhibition Notes and References PART 1: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO ORGANIZING EXHIBITIONS 1. Idea Fundamentals Concept Objects Policy People Space Finance Audience and programmes Time schedule Objectives and risks Stage One checklist Summary Notes and references 2. Planning Fundamentals Project management Communication Project team Schedule Loans and lenders Exhibition space Budget Insurance Exhibition design Transport Stage Two checklist Summary Notes and references 3. Organization Fundamentals Loans and lenders Design and build Environment Insurance Transport Marketing and publications People Stage Three checklist Summary Notes and references 4. Packing and transport Fundamentals Internal moves External moves Lenders delivering their own loans Insurance Stage Four checklist Summary Notes and references 5. Installation Fundamentals Planning for installation Team Schedule Gallery preparation Access Delivery Unwrapping and inspection Receiving couriers Display furniture and fixings Placing and hanging Labels and signage Lighting Preparation for the opening Invigilators Stage Five checklist Summary Notes and references 6. Openings Fundamentals What kind of opening? Planning Safety and security On the day Afterwards Stage Six checklist Summary 7. Maintenance and programmes Fundamentals Monitoring Ongoing requirements Daily activities Events and programmes Stage Seven checklist Summary Notes and references 8. Closure Fundamentals Planning Deinstallation Return Completion Stage Eight checklist Summary 9. Touring exhibitions Fundamentals Why send an exhibition on tour? Planning and agreements During the tour End of the tour Exhibition tour checklist Summary Notes and references 10. Legacy Fundamentals The importance of legacy Evaluation Impact Archives Stage Ten checklist Summary Notes and references PART 2: DIRECTORY Air freight security Claims Commissions Contractors Copyright Couriers Customs, import and export Damage reporting Disclaimers Display cases Due diligence Emergency plan Environment Ethics Government indemnity Hazardous materials Insurance Light and lighting Pest management Security Sustainability Unclaimed loans Valuations Visitors with special needs Bibliography Publications Standards Websites

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Freda Matassa FRSA MA(Hons) DipAL DipEd is a wellknown UK expert on collections management who advises, teaches and lectures internationally. Former Head of Collections Management at the Tate Gallery and co-founder of the European Registrars Conference, she is expert adviser on several European projects for museum standards and to the Minister of Culture on immunity from seizure.