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School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Art Gallery and Museum Studies (AGMS) collaborates with Museum of Medicine and Health

Cross-faculty collaboration sees MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies students working on collection management of objects from the Museum of Medicine and Health

Thursday, 26 March 2015

As part of the 'Managing Collections and Exhibitions' course, 32 MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies students performed a range of collections management, interpretation and exhibition development tasks with objects from the University's Museum of Medicine and Health (MMH).

Students researched and documented medical objects, assessed their condition and conservation and environmental needs, examined the long-term sustainability of the collection, proposed possible uses of the collection by both students/staff and the wider public, examined possible collaborations between the MMH and other local cultural organisations and developed exhibition proposals of the collection to reach a wider audience.

The project, organised by Dr Kostas Arvanitis (Museology, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures), took the form of seminars, workshops and group work and was supported by staff of the three University museums; The Museum of Medicine and Health, The Manchester Museum and Whitworth Art Gallery. Dr Arvanitis worked closely with Dr James Hopkins (University Historian & Heritage Manager), Stephanie Seville (Curator of the Museum of Medicine and Health [MMH]), Julie and Peter Mohr (MMH Volunteers).

This project is an excellent example of cross-faculty collaboration and has been a resounding success. It demonstrated the significant and unique contribution of the museum’s collection to enhance students' learning.

Dr James Hopkins / University Historian and Heritage Manager

This collaboration offered students real-world skills and experience and an opportunity to examine and test in practice theoretical approaches. The input and advice by museum professionals enhanced further the learning process.

The project was received enthusiastically by the students, who felt it enhanced their employability.

I valued the practical skills that I have been taught that can be transferred when I enter a position…

Participating student

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