Emma Paterson a MLitt student currently doing the Museum Studies course tells us about team building and planning for the students’ up and coming exhibition which will be installed in King’s Museum in June.
We Museum Studies students at the University of Aberdeen have been very busy this term and are gearing towards a summer take-over of King’s Museum! As part of our MLitt course, we have the exciting task of putting together an exhibition that will run from June until December. Before we get stuck in, first things first – planning!
Seeing each other in class every week has been a great way to get to know one another. Our classes take place in the top floor meeting room of King’s Museum in the Old Town House, a great setting for a meeting of minds! It is here that we undertake our brainstorming sessions; planning for our theme, deciding on the objects we wish to use, who we think the target audiences will be and putting together mood- boards for how we want the space to be designed. We even got the chance to have a session with Susan McLennan from the HR department at the University, where we found out our personality types and how this relates to team work.
For many of us, this is our first experience in putting together something for the public and that can be a scary task. There are many things to consider, but we are being taught and guided by the staff at the museum which gives us a wonderful support network too. The course is in its first year and this can be very daunting for us as we are the first to try out the experience. This also means that we are helping to carve out the experience and shape the course itself for future years, which gives us the opportunity to be a landmark for the museum, and the university as a whole. We are very excited to see what you all make of the finished product!