Monday, 15 September, 15.00 to 18.00
Stephen Johnston, Museum of the History of Science
Many curators enter the field through interest in a particular
subject area and may only gradually become involved with exhibition
work. Within larger institutions, exhibition design is often in
the hands of internal or external design staff. Developing experience
and skills can therefore be a slow and unstructured process, yet
is clearly vitally important.
The workshop is offered as a free optional extra for interested
SIC participants. Focused on practical activities, it complements
the conference theme of "Heritage and Society". It will provide
an informal opportunity both to engage with real projects at a formative
stage and to collaborate with international colleagues.
Participants are encouraged to submit an exhibition idea or problem
in advance. A selection of these will be used as the basis for small
group work in the main part of the workshop. The objective is to
tackle real world problems, share experience and hopefully have
fun at the same time.
- introductions (15 mins)
- warm-up activity (45 mins): divide into small groups, visit
Natural History Museum next door and report back on your experiences
as lay visitors
- break (20 mins)
- group work on participants' exhibition plans. Each group will
have a lead contributor whose exhibition project has been selected
in advance. The lead person presents their project - space, audience,
themes, objects, display resources, personnel, budget (10 mins)
- and each group will develop ideas and solutions (1 hour)
- report back from within each group (20 mins)
- final discussion (10 mins)
- to register, email Stephen Johnston (stephen.johnston(at)mhs.ox.ac.uk)
by 22 August with your name, institutional affiliation and a very
brief outline of your exhibition experience (where applicable).
These details will be available on a sheet issued to participants
at the workshop. Registration is limited to 20 participants and
places will be allocated on a “first come, first served” basis.
- those participants who would like to act as a lead contributor
in the main part of the workshop should email a one paragraph
outline of their exhibition proposal/problem to Stephen Johnston
by 5 September.
Wednesday, 17 September, 13.00 to 15.00
Saturday, 20 September, 13.00 to 14.00
José Manuel Malhão Pereira, Centre of the History
of Science, Lisbon
This workshop is intended as an opportunity to provide a sense
of the practical difficulties involved in the use of early navigation
instruments. Participants will be stimulated to use replicas of
historical instruments and make some typical measurements.
At the Museum's terrace, overlooking Lisbon, participants will
receive a brief introduction on the operating principles of some
instruments - kamal, quadrant, astrolabe, astronomical ring, Jacob's
staff, hanging quadrant, astrolabe with angular alidade, horizontal
instrument, instrument of shadows by Nunes, Portuguese azimuth compass
- and execute several measurements.
- Fee: 15 euros (paid with registration fee)
- Participants will be divided between the two sessions
- Sandwiches and refreshments will be provided
- Further information: sic2008(at)museus.ul.pt