The initial concept

from the School of Museum Studies Exhibition Policy (2011)

All exhibitions in the Museum Studies building aim to:

  • serve the School’s mission by representing, developing and/or critically exploring aspects of the teaching and/or research conducted within the School

Our objectives are to:

  • facilitate the creation of exhibitions that are enjoyable, inspirational and stimulating both to produce and view
  • engage the range of academic and museum visitors to the Museum Studies building in a variety of innovative and high quality, professional standard exhibitions
  • forge links through our exhibition programme with new partners and communities as appropriate to the research and teaching activities of the School and University
  • work in partnership with other bodies to contribute to the School’s exhibition strategy and to wider School research, teaching and income-generation objectives as appropriate and required
  • ensure as far as resources allow best practice standards in design, interpretation, conservation and security within the exhibition and collections environment.


  • To curate a collaborative exhibition for the School of Museum Studies with a working title: what do museums do?
  • To invite artists or creative practitioners working on themes pertinent to this question (and thus to MA Module One), to curate (or co-curate) a display of their work and/or collections.
  • Artwork may respond, or ask, questions such as:
    • What do museums do?
    • What are they for?
    • What is a collection?
    • Why do people collect?
    • What is the role of objects?
    • How do we value objects?


The main audiences for this exhibition are people using the School of Museum Studies building.  This includes:

    • Academic Museum Studies staff
    • Other departmental staff
    • MA Museum and Art Gallery Studies students
    • PhD students
    • Visiting scholars and researchers (international and national)
    • Museum professionals
    • Other students (e.g. from Education) who use the building

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