Objects and Collections: Care, Management and Curation

Module code: MU7016

This module looks inside the museum (and related institutions) to consider objects and collections, and how they are made, cared for and re-made within professional practice. This module begins with objects, how they have been collected and catalogued through time, and how museum practice has been influenced by changing ideas and approaches.

It challenges you to critically engage with objects and their lives, contexts and values, and to think about the different ways in which objects can be understood and experienced. You'll explore issues around classification, ownership and rights, the ethical management of collections, and questions concerning the material aspects of museum objects. The module also involves consideration of how to handle, work with, pack and transport objects, and will guide you into the development of critical understanding of the principles and practice of collections management and collections care.

It will help you to build your knowledge and understanding within the context of an increasing awareness of relevant challenges and opportunities, and disciplinary and professional areas within the museum. During this module you'll be involved in creative, practical, hands-on and team-based work as well as learning from lectures and online materials.

Topics covered

  • Categorising and experiencing objects
  • Care of objects
  • Cultural objects
  • Materiality
  • Collections management
  • Collections documentation
  • Collections management systems
  • Conservation ethics and philosophy
  • Museum environments
  • Risk assessment