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Generalized roles and departments within museums


Content development:

  • research
  • interpretation - how is collection presented? Taxonomically? Chronologically? Thematically? 
  • text development
  • object selection
  • image research

Collections Manager/Management

Assisting with relocation from storage to exhibition venue & vice versa. Measuring and assessing conservation needs. Managment of loans (to museum, from museum), transportation, collections management system, handling/tracking/security of objects.


Promotion of exhibition; crafting press releases; liasing with the Web team; promo via social networking sites (?). Help plan when exhibitions should occur.

Education/public programs

Developing educational kits; organizing (or presenting) at talks/workshops; guiding the development of interpretive materials.Help plan when exhibitions should occur.


Assessing the state of objects on display; conduct treatment for objects; plan rotation of objects

Exhibition designer

Uses the exhibition report to plan the gallery space.




Exhibitions: a practical guide for small museums and galleries. By Georgia Roulette (Museums Australia - Victoria)
Notes from the McCord museum visit (see attachment)

head of exhibitions
- Roles and responsibilities:
o Makes sure exhibitions get done on time and on budget
o Exhibition programming; what are the upcoming exhibitions, what are we offering to
the visitors in the next year
o Gantt chart-like time table, "exhibition production calendar", to schedule various
exhibitions throughout the year(s) and permanent exhibition rotation
o Preparing new labels, object conservation, etc. need to be managed
o Planning for traveling exhibitions

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