Communication, Media and Museums

Module code: MU7027

Module co-ordinator: Dr David Unwin

Module Outline

Making the rich and diverse resources of the museum accessible to individuals and communities in a changing society involves a wide range of media. Working from theories of communication and learning, this module looks at a variety of key media tools available to museums, and how these can deployed through project management processes in different museum contexts. This module will help students to:

  • Understand the communicating museum
  • Engage with theories of communication and learning
  • Identify the different media tools (including: objects; the written word; space and design; and, interactivity)
  • Develop appropriate project management tools for using these media
  • Formulate informed design briefs
  • Design evaluation methodologies
  • Understand the issues and practice relating to loans and packing.


  • 20 one-hour lectures
  • 10 one-hour seminars
  • 4 one-hour tutorials
  • 15 one-hour workshops
  • 10 hours of project supervision
  • 5 hours of supervised studio time


  • Essay, 3,200-4,000 words (100%)