Archive for November, 2010

Peter Anderson

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010 by Wendy Pollock

Peter Anderson, known to many in the science museum field, died October 15 near his home in Victoria, BC. A member of ExhibitFiles, Peter was author of the 1991 book Before the Blueprint, which offered guidance to science center planners during a time of peak growth. The book drew on his own extensive experience with museum start-ups and expansions, from Amsterdam to San Jose, Pittsburgh to Glasgow.

Peter was also instrumental in the Museum Impact and Evaluation Study, which resulted in a three-volume report published in 1993 on “Roles of Affect in the Museum Visit and Ways of Assessing Them.” The study group was interested in relationships repeat visitors form with what they called “icon exhibits,” like the Buhl Planetarium’s railroad layout and the Museum of Science and Industry’s Coal Mine.

Many of us also will remember Peter for his contributions in recent years to discussions on ISEN-ASTC-L, the Informal Science Education listserv, and his warm presence at ASTC and Ecsite conferences. He will be missed.

New in the Exhibitionist: Cultural Journeys

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010 by Wendy Pollock

The latest issue of Exhibitionist, the journal of the National NAME journal coverAssociation for Museum Exhibition (NAME), appeared in mailboxes last week.  In The International Project: A Cultural Journey, authors (mostly from North America) share frustrations and insights gleaned from work in other countries, ranging from France to Rwanda, Ukraine to Nepal.

As usual, there are also exhibition sightings (in Exhibits Newsline, edited by Beth Redmond-Jones) and Nuts and Bolts articles, including one on writing labels for translation by Penny Jennings.

NAME generously posts back issues after a year, but even before then, some articles can be downloaded free here, including an article from the Spring 2010 issue by Donna Braden called “Your Personal Toolkit: Easing through Friction, Fracas, and Free-for-All.”

Excellence in Exhibitions Awards: Deadline January 14

Saturday, November 13th, 2010 by Wendy Pollock

NAME (the National Association for Museum Exhibition) has posted entry requirements for the 23rd Annual Excellence in Exhibition Competition. The competition recognizes outstanding achievement in exhibition from all types of museums, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, and non-commercial institutions offering exhibitions to the public. The exhibition must have opened to the public between November 30, 2008 and November 30, 2010, and at least one team member must be a member of the American Association of Museums (AAM). The deadline for entries is January 14, 2011. To find out more and download entry requirements and a submission form, visit the NAME website.