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MCH8504 : Caring for Collections in the Museum/Gallery/Heritage Sector (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Andrew Newman
  • Other Staff: Dr Aron Mazel, Mr Alistair Robinson
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To familiarise students with issues, theories and practices related to caring for collections in the Museum/Gallery/Heritage sector.
To provide an understanding of conventions, charters, policies, legislation and guidelines in relating to caring for collections.
To provide an understanding of the planning and implementation needed for caring for collections in the Museum/Gallery/Heritage sector.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will provide students with the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills required for caring for Museum/Gallery/Heritage collections, viewed in the broadest sense. For example, these collections include intangible and tangible immovable and moveable heritage, museum and artistic resources.

Indicative content includes an introduction to environmental monitoring, object handling and conservation, collecting and disposal policies, health and safety/emergency preparedness planning, labelling and marking, stores and documentation, community involvement/security and caring for the non-permanent.

In addition, as part of a series of events during enrichment week, an in-person or virtual fieldtrip will be scheduled.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion170:0070:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:00On-campus lectures (can be delivered online if necessary)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00On-campus lectures (can be delivered online if necessary)
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities11:001:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading144:0044:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities20:301:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities61:309:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops13:003:00Present-in-person practical (can be delivered online if necessary)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops41:306:00On-campus workshops (can be delivered online if necessary)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:001:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork12:002:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork33:009:00Present-in-person fieldwork (can be delivered online if necessary)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study139:0039:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk31:003:00On-campus but can be delivered on-line if necessary
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures: This is the core teaching method to achieve all of the knowledge learning outcomes.

Fieldwork: Online and/or safe, directed fieldwork, undertaken individually, relates to all learning outcomes, particularly the application of knowledge outcomes and to specific examples of arts, cultural and heritage practice.

Module talk: This is used to support the assessment.

Workshop: This is used to support knowledge and skills outcomes associated caring with collections.

Directed research and reading activities: This teaching method enables students to independently deepen knowledge outcomes and to practise all skills outcomes, as well as applying cognitive/intellectual, self-management and interaction skills in particular.

Independent study: This activity underpins learning and skills outcomes and is an essential part of the module.

Structured Guided Learning: this provides opportunities to apply the learning in specific contexts.

Assessment preparation and completion: This is work carried out independently to undertake the assessment associated with this module.

Academic skills activities: These allow the skills associated to the lectures to be practiced.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M100Answer a report question (3500 words).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This module is designed to introduce students to the need for the effective care of collections, and to provide them with some basic practices tools to use in 'real life' Museum/Gallery/Heritage sector situations. The assignment, written in the form of a report, will test the knowledge and skills gained by setting scenarios that Collections Managers, Curators and heritage Managers in the Museum/Gallery/Heritage sector face on a daily basis. The report will allow students to build up specialist knowledge relevant to their chosen MA programme.

Reading Lists