Thursday, June 28, 2012
Experiment in Progress!
All museum professionals seem to agree that this big overview history exhibits of a place, whatever that place is, are really challenging to develop. Some people want timelines; others want lots of text, others want objects that really matter to them, or to see the place where they grew up. Newfoundland and Labrador (all one province for those of you not from here) is a huge place with a great many stories, so the challenge is a big one.
At the Rooms, there's a temporary exhibit called Working on History. It's a bare bones design to share current interpretive thinking on the topic, put forth already collected visitor feedback, and along the way, explain a bit about what museums do when we do exhibits and interpret history. There was something for virtually every kind of learner to respond to in a way they enjoyed. So here's some of what I saw (and by the way, thanks The Rooms for letting me take pictures here!)
Six key stories already identified to explore further. But the text asks for your "words, feelings and ideas," not just the open-ended, "what do you think?" Here's some of the six stories and responses.
Don't like to write or draw, but like to have things organized? How about a timeline?
Much to consider, and a number of ideas I'll be putting to work elsewhere.