Creating Exhibits That Engage: A Manual for Museums and Historical Organizations

Creating Exhibits That Engage: A Manual for Museums and Historical Organizations

by John Summers


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442279360
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 03/15/2018
Series: American Association for State and Local History Series
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 1,087,400
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

John Summers is manager of Heritage Services and Curator for the Regional Municipality of Halton in Ontario, Canada, where he leads, develops, designs and fabricates exhibit projects. He has taught students about museology, material culture, museums and technology, and exhibition design and planning for the Ontario Museum Association, the Fleming College Museum Management and Curatorship Program, the University of Victoria’s Cultural Resource Management Program and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information, where he is an adjunct lecturer of Museum Studies. He is course director for Exhibit Planning & Design in the Ontario Museum Association’s Certificate in Museum Studies program. His experience spans more than three decades of work at cultural institutions in Canada and the United States.

Table of Contents

Part I: Context, Audience and Process
Chapter 1: The Nature of Exhibits
Chapter 2: Audience
Chapter 3: Workflow

Part II: Concept Development
Chapter 4: The Big Idea
Chapter 5: Brief and Request for Proposals
Chapter 6: Evaluation
Chapter 7: Interpretive Planning
Chapter 8: Text
Chapter 9: Budget

Part III: Design Development
Chapter 10: Design
Chapter 11: Curatorship

Part IV: Fabrication
Chapter 12: Studio
Chapter 13: Workshop
Chapter 14: Exhibit Furniture
Chapter 15: Installation and Beyond

Appendix 1: Developing an Institutional Exhibit Plan
Appendix 2: Creating Travelling Exhibits
Appendix 3: Sample Request for Proposals
Appendix 4: Four Design Strategies

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