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Title:
Hands-on exhibitions : managing interactive museums and science centres
Author:
Caulton, Tim, 1953-
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Publication Information:
London ; New York : Routledge, 1998.
Physical Description:
x, 155 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780415165211

9780415165228
Format :
Book

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Central Library AM151 .C38 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Summary

The development of interactive displays has transformed the traditional museum world in the last decade. Visitors are no longer satisfied by simply gazing at worthy displays in glass cases - they expect to have hands-on experience of the objects and be actively involved with the exhibits, learning informally and being entertained simultaneously. Hands-on museums and science centres provide the most remarkable example of how museums are redefining their roles in society - improving access to real objects and real phenomena, so that they can be enjoyed by more people. In recent years museums have been thrust into intense competition for the public's time and money with all branches of the leisure industry, from commercial theme parks to retail shopping and home entertainment. This has upset the traditional stability of the museum and their visitors. A hands-on approach encourages a broader visitor base, which in turn helps to bring in additional revenue at a time of declining public subsidy. Tim Caulton investigates how to create and operate effective exhibitions which achieve their educational objectives through hands-on access.


Author Notes

Tim Caulton has been involved in the development and management of museums for over a decade, including member of the team developing Eureka! the museum for children in Halifax. He works freelance developing new museums, and lectures at the University of Sheffield.


Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
1 Hands-on Exhibitions
2 The Educational Context
3 Exhibit Development
4 Finance
5 Marketing
6 Operations Management
7 Human Resource Management
8 Educational Programmes and Special Events
9 The Future for Hands-on Exhibitions
Notes
Selected Bibliography

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