Installing the Octagon Exhibition – A professional curators perspective

I’ve been posting my personal experiences about the installation of the Digital Frontiers exhibition but here’s the installation process from another perspective.

Teaching and Research Curator Nick Booth has blogged his experience of installing the exhibition over on the UCL Museums and Collections Blog.

here’s a snippet from it:

One of my main challenges was that Claire (understandably) wanted to know as much information about the objects as we could provide. Not only when she was choosing her objects, but also for the labels that she has had to write for each one. In most of the Science and Engineering Collections our object records are literally a few lines in the database, and many things (such as the ‘big egg’ from the last exhibition) are completely unrecognised, by me anyway. This meant that while trying to help Claire pin down her ideas and decide how she would interpret them, I was also having to furiously learn about what we had in the collections. This is a very good thing from a curatorial point of view, but did mean I had to answer a lot with ‘let me get back to you’. However I do know an awful lot about light bulbs now!

You can read the rest of Nick’s post here.

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