Archival Exhibitions

Certificate Eligibility: 
N/A
Credits: 
5 ARC, 0.75 CEU
Length: 
1 day
Format: 
In-Person
Max Attendees: 
35
Tier: 
Foundational
Description: 

This workshop presents an opportunity to explore the planning, development, and implementation of exhibitions in an archival setting. Get practical training and theoretical knowledge about developing an exhibit in a special collections setting, from the initial idea through planning, exhibiting, and beyond. Be part of a discussion on collaboration beyond the archives: learn about advertising and marketing the exhibit, outreach and education, adding impact through the development of related events, working with the media to publicize your event, reaching a broader audience, and developing a digital component to the exhibit. Also included are practical tips on the use of readily available materials to create a professional, informative, and attractive exhibit without compromising the materials.

Learning Outcomes: 
Understand the fundamentals of developing an archival exhibit
Develop potential exhibition ideas and initial plans to bring back to your home institution
Use everyday materials to create polished exhibits
Expand the general concept of the archival exhibition to include tie-ins with lectures, readings, campus or community events, holidays, etc.
Use tools to build an exhibit with minimal effort and cost
Who Should Attend?: 

Archives professionals who are interested in developing exhibitions within a repository, students in archival studies, and other information professionals who are considering expanding public service and outreach skills through exhibition development

Reviews: 
"Lots of information! It really made me think about how I can relate it to my own work and collections."
"Brainstorming sessions and actual case studies were really helpful. We were lucky to have such an experienced instructor."
"Informative and clear visual information explained and reinforced by well-organized PowerPoint. The group exercises were very beneficial in the application of workshop lecture."
"The workbook was useful for overall general knowledge. I will keep and refer to it when working on exhibits. I love the sample materials in the back of the workbook." — Rhiannon McClintock
"The instructor was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Also the PowerPoint was colorful and concise."
"Excellent! I enjoyed the instructor’s presentation style, exercises, enthusiasm."
Co-Sponsor Provides: 
  • Classroom: 6-foot tables with two chairs each or 8-foot tables with three chairs each
  • A pitcher of water with a glass for the instructor
  • Table, chair, and lectern for instructor
  • Instructor workstation (a PC or laptop that has a USB port, runs standard MS Office software, and has PowerPoint)
  • LCD projector and replacement bulb for the LCD projector
  • Projection screen
  • Lapel microphone
  • Coffee/tea/water for morning break
  • Water/assorted soft drinks for afternoon break