Institute of Archaeology


Exhibition Project

This module covers the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to set up, develop and deliver an exhibition project in a museum setting.

Topics covered include: 

  • Managing an exhibition project
  • Developing and running education and learning services
  • Communicating through text and images
  • Working with consultants
  • Project self-evaluation

Aims of the course

This course aims:

  • to apply the general principles of effective communication with visitors presented in the Museum Communication course through students' involvement in an interpretative project; and
  • to encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning through the provision of supportive practical projects and assessments.


On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  • apply theories of communication and learning to inform the development of the interpretative project;
  • understand how museums can communicate with visitors through exhibition planning and design;
  • understand how museums can communicate with visitors through programme and other activity planning and design;
  • actively consider and use various media and interpretive techniques to communication with the target audiences effectively;
  • conduct visitor studies and evaluation in the development of exhibitions and other services;
  • recognise the need for educational facilities, programmes and resources for different visitor groups and communities;
  • utilise current best practice in the development of spaces and services that communicate effectively and foster a wide range of learning experiences;
  • consider the opportunities and limitation afforded by different physical exhibition spaces;
  • reflect on how you, as individual, work in a team and to consider team functioning as an activity.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you should be able to demonstrate:

  • a critical awareness and use of the principles of communication with audiences in informal learning environments;
  • the development of intellectually satisfying and employable skills which will have a positive effect on communication with audiences in museums;.
  • the development of confident and independent thought through exposure to practical situations.

Teaching Methods

The course is taught via lectures by senior museum professionals, as well as workshops, practical exercises and study visits. The latter aim to give students greater familiarity with the material/methods and techniques covered in the course. The course is evaluated by students on completion of the interpretative project.

Course information

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