Dirk Houtgraaf

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However, as we are deeply engaged with the museum, it will be impossible to be consistent all the time. The methodology has a much broader applicability Writing a book or a set of brochures, developing stories in zoos, developing an online exhibition, designing a store: any product with a strong content and storyline component can benefit from the methodology described. We know it does, although we wil pay no attention to it. But if you read descriptions of toolsets, keep a wider use in mind. In addition, we would argue to use a little more space to talk about the content outline and the storyline than you might understand from this book. Somehow that is where it all starts and also at the end the central element of the presentation or exhibition. The content and storyline are important for the choice of medium.

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For whom

This book is primarily for museum professionals developing an exhibition. A physical one, in space. Simple as that. It is not bedside literature. It is a manual, with schemes, and systems should be spelled out to everyone. It is meant to set the process straight, right at the start. We would like to have it upon the table, with personal notes, marked passages and coffee stains. A book well used during the day. Some figures enlarged and filled, hanging on the wall. As some tools are easily printable and copied, we will have printable parts on the internet too. The book has, of course, a wider use too. We know it will be useful for trainers and (university) teachers who are in need of a complete toolset. Established museum practice This process we describe, in general, is established museum practice. We are not pretending to have invented a new methodology. What is new, however, in the descriptions to follow, is the detailed structuring and strict sequence of phases. What is new too, is the inclusion of dedicated tools within each of these stages.

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Sections in this book and reading priority

This book in essence is on the methodology for developing and producing an exhibition – and takes into account what steps need to be taken, delivers some tools and gives ideas on how to organize the people and teams. This will be the major part of the book – section 1, 2 and 3. Section 1 discusses the building blocks and the general outline, while section 2 addresses specifically the team and how to deal with expectations. Section 3 discusses some of the phases and ideas in more detail.