Objects and Collections: Care, Management and Curation

Module code: MU7552

This module looks at objects and collections from a range of perspectives.  The module will challenge you to think critically about the lives, contexts and values of objects, and the different ways in which we encounter and experience objects. This module begins with a critical examination of objects – their lives, contexts and the different ways in which we encounter and experience objects. You will examine the ways in which objects, collections and collecting have been influence by changing ideas and approaches. You will also develop a critical understanding of the principles and practice of collections management and care including how to handle, pack, and label objects, as well as preventative conservation and collections development. You will also explore issues around culturally sensitive practice including ownership, rights, restitution and repatriation.

Topics covered

  • Objects and collections
  • Engaging with and experiencing objects
  • Culturally sensitive practice
  • Collections management
  • Collections care

Learning

  • 50 hours of lectures
  • 2 hours of seminars
  • 2 hours of tutorials
  • 8 hours of fieldwork
  • 88 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Essay, 2,500 words (100%)