Henry Guermonprez museum collection to natural history exhibition: is there a correct approach?

Kane, Amber (2010) Henry Guermonprez museum collection to natural history exhibition: is there a correct approach? MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Museums hold a special place in the heart of the community as a society’s equivalent of a cultural memory bank (Ambrose, 2006). Museums uniquely collect, preserve, research and publicly display objects as an essential function of their existence (Dean, 1994). Natural History Museums hold a variety of different collection objects ranging from taxidermy, fossils, models, skeletons and bottled specimen that reflect the history of life on earth. With the wide variety of collection items, the principles, design and conservation of nature history exhibits are unique and complex. This dissertation hope to explore and examine the planning and design processes of natural history exhibition. At present there are no formal natural history exhibition guidelines, with each museum institution formulating their own individual policies. Portsmouth Natural History Museum is turning one of their collections into their first major public exhibition opening in 2011. The collection, which includes over 10,000 objects belongs to Henry Guermonprez, a 19th century Sussex natural historian. By following the planning and design of the exhibition through on site visits, interviews with key personnel and by own volunteer experience the processes can be analysed. Using other similar natural history exhibitions within the region and international well established natural history museums, the dissertation will compare and contrast the case studies to define the key guidelines for exhibition planning and design.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: ?? EDAM ??
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2011 16:29
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:17
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/1148

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