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April 2015

SALC students collaborate with Museum of Medicine and Health

(31 March 2015)

As part of the ‘Managing Collections and Exhibitions’ course, 32 students studying the MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies, in the School of Arts, Language and Cultures (SALC), performed a range of collections management, interpretation and exhibition development tasks with objects from the Museum of Medicine and Health (MMH).

The students researched and documented medical objects, assessed their condition conservation and environmental needs, as well as the long-term sustainability of the collection. They also proposed possible uses of the collection, examined possible collaborations between the MMH and other local cultural organisations and developed exhibition proposals for the collection to reach a wider audience.

The project, organised by Dr Kostas Arvanitis, Senior Lecturer in Museology, 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 and Heritage Manager, Stephanie Seville, Curator of the Museum of Medicine and Health, and Julie and Peter Mohr, MMH Volunteers.

Dr Hopkins said: “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.”

“The project was received enthusiastically by the students, who felt it enhanced their employability. One student who participated said ‘I valued the practical skills that I have been taught that can be transferred when I enter a position’.”