Collect, Curate, Display: A Short History of the Museum
Art History and Theory
Undergraduate: Level 4
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
11 May 2020
Requisites for this module
BA V351 Curating,
BA V352 Curating (Including Year Abroad),
BA V353 Curating (including Placement Year),
BA V359 Curating (Including Foundation Year),
BA V35B Curating (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad)
This module offers an introduction to the history of museums and galleries. It combines a historical and theoretical investigation of the subject with some hands-on curatorial assignments.
We will consider the basic human instinct to collect and the creation of the first museums. We will examine ideas about taxonomy, ordering the world and the first museum spaces of display, asking questions about privilege and power. How have museums and galleries shaped history and science? What ethical issues are there today around these spaces? Should tobacco, oil and arms companies sponsor museums? Can museums be tools of 'urban regeneration'? Do online archives and 3D scanning make museums themselves obsolete institutions?
The aims of the module are:
to introduce students to the complex history of the museum;
to introduce students to the different types of documents and writing associated with museum practice, including object labels and mission statements;
to enable students to think critically about different types of museums and their ideological, political and social motivations.
A foundational knowledge of the history and theory of museums and galleries
A knowledge of key debates in the history of curating
A familiarity with some basic curatorial practices
An ability to think critically and argue about these debates and practices
No additional information available.
There will be a two-hour combined lecture and seminar each week.
All teaching events will be accessible to students on and off campus either face-to-face or remotely through online teaching. Week 21 is reading week.
This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||1000 word essay
||1500 word essay
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Gavin Grindon, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.
* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.
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