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Introduction to Museums and Curating

In this module students will acquire all the basic practical skills and concepts underpinning contemporary museum collection and display practices. These include ways of researching and handling objects; care of collections; documentation; display; cultural fundraising; cultural marketing; education and outreach. Teaching will take place in a museum setting where students will engage physically with a wide range of artworks and artefacts and undertake a range of gallery-based skills-development activities and learning exercises and as an integral part of the programme. Students will learn about the challenges of working with diverse kinds of collections, such as Asian, Western, ethnographic, archaeological, and social/historical, all of which are well represented in Durham’s museums and special collections.

Coordinator:  Dr Hazel Donkin

Further details of pre-requisites, co-requisites, aims, contact hours and assessment.