Museum Methods: A practical manual for managing small museums and galleries

A comprehensive workbook and manual for small museums and galleries. Used in conjunction with several state-based Standards review programs (Museums & Galleries Queensland, Museums & Galleries of NSW)

Current version last updated: 2002

Looseleaf format
456 pages

Table of Contents

Museum management
1.1 Starting a museum
1.2 Building and site requirements
1.3 Museum planning
1.4 Legal concerns for museums and galleries
1.5 Ethical issues for museum
1.6 Copyright for museums
1.7 Setting up a house museum
1.8 Employing consultants and contractors
1.9 Volunteers in museums
1.10 Managing volunteer programs
1.11 Project team management
1.12 Friends of museums
1.13 Meeting the needs of people with disabilities
1.14 Dealing with local government
1.15 Heritage implementation
1.16 Cultural planning
1.17 Presenting controversy
1.18 Applying for grants
Marketing and public relations
2.1 Customer service and public relations
2.2 Communicating with your public
2.3 Marketing your museum
2.4 Media liaison for small museums
2.5 The news release
2.6 Community radio broadcasting
2.7 Sponsorship
2.8 Cultural precincts: an opportunity for museums, heritage sites and regional galleries
Collection management
3.1 Developing a collection policy
3.2 Significance and objects
3.3 Contemporary collecting
3.4 Cataloguing museum collections
3.5 Nomenclature
3.6 Numbering objects in museum collections
3.7 Objects storage
3.8 Hints on handling museum objects
3.9 Managing photographs
3.10 Managing museum archives
3.11 Collection management stocktakes
3.12 Loans
3.13 Valuations for collections
3.14 Deaccessioning and disposal
Preventative conservation
4.1 Developing a preventative conservation policy
4.2 Environmental deterioration
4.3 Recommended environmental conditions for museum objects
4.4 Environmental monitoring
4.5 Light and lighting
4.6 Choosing the best display and storage materials
4.7 Integrated pest management
4.8 Storing small objects
4.9 Box and folder making
4.10 Steel shelving systems for small and medium sized objects
4.11 Framing
4.12 An inexpensive picture hanging system
4.13 Farm machinery
4.14 Care of musical instruments
4.15 Preserving the closed collection house museum
Exhibition development and touring
5.1 Developing an exhibition
5.2 Exhibition planning
5.3 Display basics
5.4 Exhibition texts
5.5 Writing exhibition labels
5.6 Writing labels for children and their companions
5.7 Producing exhibition labels
5.8 Producing exhibition publications
5.9 Touring exhibitions
5.10 Making a 'museum-in-a-box'
5.11 The National Exhibitions Touring Support (NETS) program
Education and public programs
6.1 The role of public programs
6.2 Involving community groups in public programs
6.3 Guided tours
6.4 Developing education programs
6.5 Developing education kits
6.6 Museum and primary school visits
6.7 Site studies
6.8 Heritage trails
Evaluation and audience research
7.1 An introduction to audience research
7.2 Exhibition evaluation for museum and galleries
7.3 Evaluating museum education programs
7.4 Focus groups
7.5 Designing questionnaires
Cultural diversity
8.1 An introduction to cultural diversity
8.2 Working in culturally appropriate ways with diverse communities
8.3 Indigenous issued for museums
8.4 Indigenous protocols
8.5 Australian Indigenous keeping places and cultural centres
Archaeological collections
9.1 Curating archaeological collections
9.2 Storing archaeological collections
9.3 Displaying archaeological collections
Interpretation and research
10.1 Domestic technology: approaches to research and interpretation
10.2 Interpretation and presentation of period and recreated rooms
10.3 Oral history
10.4 Researching, writing and publishing local history
Information technology
11.1 An introduction to information technology
11.2 Systems for collection management
11.3 How to digitise your collection

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