Strategic Resource Development

Module code: MU7026 

Module co-ordinator: Dr David Unwin

Module Outline

Museums are made up of a number of resources. These include people, infrastructures and collections and associated information. This module explores how these resources are acquired – and how and why they are maintained and developed. This module will help you to:

  • Define museum resources
  • Identify how these resources are acquired
  • Demonstrate why these should be developed
  • Illustrate how resources are utilised and developed
  • Relate these resources to changing contexts and audience development
  • Apply concepts of strategic resource development to different museum contexts
  • Evaluate existing examples of strategic resource development
  • Plan for strategic resource development in museums


  • 7 one-hour lectures
  • 10 one-hour seminars
  • 2 one-hour tutorials
  • 20 one-hour workshops


  • Presentation, 15 minutes (50%)
  • Feature article, 2,000-2,500 words (50%)