Organizing Exhibitions: A Handbook for Libraries, Archives and Museums

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This groundbreaking book is the first to provide librarians, archivists and museum staff with practical guidance to creating and organizing successful exhibitions.

Drawing on international museum practice but applicable to any exhibition or display, the book sets out a timeline from the initial idea to the final legacy. Backed up by advice and guidance and with a list of resources for those who need in-depth information, such as international laws and standards applying to museum loans, it has up-to-date information on new developments such as flexibility in environmental conditions and sustainability and lists the top-ten tips for exhibition success and the ten biggest mistakes.

Written by an international expert and designed for the first-time exhibition organizer as well as the professional and a key work for cultural management students, this book will become the standard for exhibition success.

    Exhibition organization       The successful exhibition       Background       Exhibition benefits       Planning an exhibition       References   
    Fundamentals       Concept       Objects       Policy       People       Space       Finance       Audience and programmes       Time schedule       Objectives and risks       Stage One checklist       Summary       References   
2. Planning   
    Fundamentals       Project management       Communication       Project team        Schedule       Loans and lenders       Exhibition space       Budget       Insurance       Exhibition design       Transport       Stage Two checklist       Summary       References   
3. Organization   
    Fundamentals       Loans and lenders       Design and build       Environment       Insurance       Transport       Marketing and publications       People       Stage Three checklist       Summary       References   
4. Packing and transport   
    Fundamentals       Internal moves       External moves       Lenders delivering their own loans       Insurance       Stage Four checklist       Summary       References   
5. Installation   
    Fundamentals       Planning for installation       Team       Schedule       Gallery preparation       Access       Delivery       Unwrapping and inspection       Receiving couriers       Display furniture and fixings       Placing and hanging       Labels and signage       Lighting       Preparation for the opening       Invigilators       Stage Five checklist       Summary       References   
6. Openings   
    Fundamentals       What kind of opening?        Planning       Safety and security       On the day       Afterwards       Stage Six checklist       Summary   
7. Maintenance and programmes   
    Fundamentals       Monitoring       Ongoing requirements       Daily activities       Events and programmes       Stage Seven checklist       Summary       References   
8. Closure   
    Fundamentals       Planning       Deinstallation       Return       Completion    Stage Eight checklist       Summary    
9. Touring exhibitions   
    Fundamentals       Why send an exhibition on tour?        Planning and agreements       During the tour       End of the tour       Exhibition tour checklist       Summary       References   
10. Legacy   
    Fundamentals       The importance of legacy       Evaluation       Impact       Archive       Stage Ten checklist        Summary       References   
    Air freight security       Claims       Commissions       Contractors       Copyright       Couriers       Customs, import and export       Damage reporting       Disclaimers       Display cases       Due diligence       Emergency plan       Environment       Ethics       Government indemnity       Hazardous materials       Insurance       Light and lighting       Pest management       Security       Sustainability       Unclaimed loans       Valuations       Visitors with special needs       Bibliography

Freda Matassa

Freda Matassa FRSA MA (Hons) DipAL DipEd is a well-known UK expert on collections management who advises, teaches and lectures internationally. Currently Director of Matassa Toffolo, a museum-standard art consultancy, former Head of Collections Management at Tate Galleries and co-founder of the European Registrars Conference, she is expert adviser on several European projects for museum standards and to the Minister of Culture on Immunity from Seizure. She was named one of the Top 50 Women to Watch in the arts and is the author of Museum Collections Management (Facet, 2011) and Organizing Exhibitions (Facet, 2014).

"International lecturer Freda Matassa (former Head of Collections Management at the Tate) presents Organizing Exhibitions: A Handbook for Museums, Libraries and Archives - an in-depth reference and resource for museum staff, librarians, and archivists. Chapters discuss how to take space, audience, and budgetary constraints into account; offer point-by-point checklists for each stage of creating the exhibit; outline concerns for opening day; highlight specific issues for an exhibit on tour; and much more...It also lends credibility to the organization and demonstrates professional practice. Organizing Exhibitions is a "must-have" for aspiring and practising professionals, and highly recommended."
— Midwest Book Review

"Organizing Exhibitions is a thorough work and key procedures are well covered...The detailed ‘step by step' approach, supported by the sample documentation, provides an excellent grounding that can be easily adapted to a number of circumstances."
— Archives and Records