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Organizing Exhibitions: A Handbook for Libraries, Archives and Museums
Freda Matassa
Item Number: 978-1-85604-945-0
 
Publisher: Facet Publishing, UK
Price: $99.95
 
 
 
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256 pages
6" x 9"
Softcover
ISBN-13: 978-1-85604-945-0
Year Published: 2013
This groundbreaking book is the first to provide librarians, archivists and museum staff with practical guidance to creating and organizing successful exhibitions.

Drawing on international museum practice but applicable to any exhibition or display, the book sets out a timeline from the initial idea to the final legacy. Backed up by advice and guidance and with a list of resources for those who need in-depth information, such as international laws and standards applying to museum loans, it has up-to-date information on new developments such as flexibility in environmental conditions and sustainability and lists the top-ten tips for exhibition success and the ten biggest mistakes.

Written by an international expert and designed for the first-time exhibition organizer as well as the professional and a key work for cultural management students, this book will become the standard for exhibition success.
Table of Contents

Introduction   

    Exhibition organization   
    The successful exhibition   
    Background   
    Exhibition benefits   
    Planning an exhibition   
    References   

PART 1: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO ORGANIZING EXHIBITIONS
   
1. Idea   

    Fundamentals   
    Concept   
    Objects   
    Policy   
    People   
    Space   
    Finance   
    Audience and programmes   
    Time schedule   
    Objectives and risks   
    Stage One checklist   
    Summary   
    References   

2. Planning   

    Fundamentals   
    Project management   
    Communication   
    Project team    
    Schedule   
    Loans and lenders   
    Exhibition space   
    Budget   
    Insurance   
    Exhibition design   
    Transport   
    Stage Two checklist   
    Summary   
    References   

3. Organization   

    Fundamentals   
    Loans and lenders   
    Design and build   
    Environment   
    Insurance   
    Transport   
    Marketing and publications   
    People   
    Stage Three checklist   
    Summary   
    References   

4. Packing and transport   

    Fundamentals   
    Internal moves   
    External moves   
    Lenders delivering their own loans   
    Insurance   
    Stage Four checklist   
    Summary   
    References   

5. Installation   

    Fundamentals   
    Planning for installation   
    Team   
    Schedule   
    Gallery preparation   
    Access   
    Delivery   
    Unwrapping and inspection   
    Receiving couriers   
    Display furniture and fixings   
    Placing and hanging   
    Labels and signage   
    Lighting   
    Preparation for the opening   
    Invigilators   
    Stage Five checklist   
    Summary   
    References   

6. Openings   

    Fundamentals   
    What kind of opening?    
    Planning   
    Safety and security   
    On the day   
    Afterwards   
    Stage Six checklist   
    Summary   

7. Maintenance and programmes   

    Fundamentals   
    Monitoring   
    Ongoing requirements   
    Daily activities   
    Events and programmes   
    Stage Seven checklist   
    Summary   
    References   

8. Closure   

    Fundamentals   
    Planning   
    Deinstallation   
    Return   
    Completion
    Stage Eight checklist   
    Summary    

9. Touring exhibitions   

    Fundamentals   
    Why send an exhibition on tour?    
    Planning and agreements   
    During the tour   
    End of the tour   
    Exhibition tour checklist   
    Summary   
    References   

10. Legacy   

    Fundamentals   
    The importance of legacy   
    Evaluation   
    Impact   
    Archive   
    Stage Ten checklist    
    Summary   
    References   

PART 2: DIRECTORY       

    Air freight security   
    Claims   
    Commissions   
    Contractors   
    Copyright   
    Couriers   
    Customs, import and export   
    Damage reporting   
    Disclaimers   
    Display cases   
    Due diligence   
    Emergency plan   
    Environment   
    Ethics   
    Government indemnity   
    Hazardous materials   
    Insurance   
    Light and lighting   
    Pest management   
    Security   
    Sustainability   
    Unclaimed loans   
    Valuations   
    Visitors with special needs   
    Bibliography

About the Author

Freda Matassa is a well-known UK expert on collections management who advises, teaches and lectures internationally. Former Head of Collections Management at the Tate Gallery and co-founder of the European Registrars Conference, she is expert adviser on several European projects for museum standards and to the Minister of Culture on immunity from seizure.
 
 

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