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Institute for Cultural Practices

Objects from the Museum of Medicine and Health

MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies students teamed up in a cross-faculty collaboration to work on collection management of objects.

MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies students
MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies students with some of the medical instruments they researched.

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.

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
Students' hands holding objects
Students display their objects: a chloroform dropper bottle, inhaler catheter and poison bottle.

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

Participating student

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.

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