Museum Basics (Heritage: Care-Preservation-Management) by Timothy Ambrose, Crispin Paine

By Timothy Ambrose, Crispin Paine

Totally up to date and prolonged to examine the numerous adjustments that experience happened within the final decade, this moment version of world-renowned textual content Museum fundamentals offers a uncomplicated advisor to all points of museum paintings and employees adventure from museum association, via collections administration and conservation, to viewers improvement and schooling. Drawing on quite a lot of functional adventure, the authors have supplied an exceptional device that allow museums during the international to beat a typical problem; to maintain updated with new rules and altering practices. equipped on a modular foundation, with over a hundred devices, Museum fundamentals is a connection with help day by day museum administration, a key textual content in pre-service and in-service education programmes, and works brilliantly along case experiences, venture paintings and crew dialogue. With a word list, assets of knowledge and a decide on bibliography, this can be definitely a e-book that no museum specialist, nor museum and background reports scholar probably want to be with no.

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At this stage, it is as well to stand back and consider the museum’s current or planned state. Examine the range and quality of services and experiences on offer to your users. Ask what benefits the museum is providing its users in the light of what you know of their needs and expectations through your market research. Ask yourself the following questions: • What ‘business’ is my museum in: the history business, the education business, the leisure business, the conservation business? • What overall ‘product’ or ‘service’ is the museum providing?

Are glazed doors clearly marked? Can automatic doors be used instead of swing doors? Do halls and lobbies allow for wheelchair manoeuvre? ❚ INSIDE THE MUSEUM Orientation. Is there sufficient, legible signing for partially sighted visitors? Are there aural or tactile landmarks to assist blind/partially sighted visitors? Do the surface colours of walls/floors aid or impede orientation? Levels. Are there warnings about changes in floor levels? Are stairs well lit and signposted? Are information desks/hooks/washbasins/shop displays/telephones at a suitable level for wheelchair users?

Some museums will have their costs met wholly or in part by public authorities; others will have only minimal public funding and rely heavily on admission charges and other forms of income generation such as retail and catering for their income. How the museum will meet its costs is a task of management, but the prices charged for admission and/or services are a key component in the marketing mix. The successful museum ensures that its pricing policy does not exclude potential users, and allows it to meet the full range of its responsibilities.

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