This is the first book to examine, in depth, the multi-million pound redisplay and reinterpretation process in British museums in the early twenty-first century. Acknowledging the importance of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) as project catalyst, Hannah Paddon explains and explores the complex process, from the initial stages of project conceptualisation to the final stages of museum re-opening and exhibition evaluation. She also provides an in-depth look, using three case study museums, at the factors which shape each museum redisplay project including topics such as museum architecture, government agendas and the exhibition team. Finally, the book offers discussions and conclusions around pitfalls and successes and thoughts about the future of collection redisplay.
Hannah Paddon is an independent scholar, UK and Australia.
Contents: Introduction. Part I The Process Guiding Collection Redisplay: Catalysing change: the Heritage Lottery Fund; Re/displaying and re/interpreting collections: three British museums; Decision-making, communication and teamwork: key elements in the process of collection redisplay. Part II The Factors Shaping Collection Redisplay: Re/displaying and re/interpreting collections: the key factors; Agendas: museum-related initiatives and government policies; The core exhibition team; Shifting power: the audience in the museum; Visitor-centred goals; Offering different social and educational experiences; Playing it safe?; Conflicting interests; Harmonising with architecture; Designing for flexibility; Displaying biology in the twenty-first century museum; Lessons learnt; Final thoughts; Bibliography; Index.