Museum of London: Curating the City

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Museum of London: Curating the City

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Arts Management, British Studies, History, Visual Arts

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4.5 - 6
  • Overview

    Module description
    This class examines the impact of historical, cultural and artistic changes on 20th century London, and the city as a site of conflict and debate in the context of modern curatorial practice. It offers unprecedented access to the fascinating 20th century collections at the Museum of London, including social and oral history, art, photography and fashion.

    Guided by curators and the academic tutor, you will have the opportunity to explore life in the capital through the items housed at this nationally-acclaimed museum. While on this module you will have the rare chance to go behind-the-scenes at one of Britain's largest and most successful museums, getting the opportunity to view materials not available to the general public. You?ll be able to discuss museum objects with the experts who look after them and explore how they might be displayed.

    You'll also consider how to present issues and ideas to diverse audiences, discuss what makes a successful museum display, explore how museums should handle controversial subjects and consider the ethical and financial issues facing the heritage industry today.

    Teaching pattern

    Taught onsite at King's and at the Museum of London with supervised access to museum artifacts and resources
    Seminars & Tutorials
    Supervised field work
    Private Study

    Module assessment

    Essay of 2500 words (85%)
    Class presentation (10 minutes) (15%)

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