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Drawing from a wide range of experience, the authors propose the simple ideas which should underpin all professional museum training courses. Organised on a modular basis Museum Basics provides a basic guide to `best practice' in every aspect of museum work, from museum organisation, through collections management and conservation, to marketing and security. It is designed ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 19th 1993 by Routledge
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Jan 04, 2018 Mary Bronson rated it really liked it · review of another edition
I actually enjoyed reading this. This had some interesting points and very understandable. Had to read this for class, but a good read.
This is essentially an introductory reference book to the basic principles and practices of running an efficient and effective musicological institution.In contrast to many skeptical studies of museums, Ambrose and Paine are remarkably optimistic about the secure survival of museums as cultural institutions. However, the authors place emphasis on effective marketing and visitor experience. Despite the authors' assertion that the museum's responsibility to its collection should be foremost, issue ...more
For a basic guide, this is a good reference tool to assist in shaping a museum, a sound collections management policy, and marketing strategies for the museum. A visitor's experience perspective also helps museums understand how and why people come to specific places, and what they are expecting from museums. For the new curator especially, this management tool can assist with understanding how the focus on an institution's collections help shape the roles the museum can play. A great coverage o ...more
There's certainly truth in advertising here. It's basic. Good, if dated, thoughts on metrics to consider in planning and exhibit design (i.e. Fry test; summative evaluation suggestions). Definitely a few laughs with the scolding take on deaccessioning collections and the segment on "computerisation."