Diving Deep into the HMS Invincible exhibition
Saturday 25th September
National Museum of the Royal Navy Museum

Making a Mini-Museum Course
Sunday 26th September
Royal Maritime Club

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Spend a weekend in Portsmouth exploring museum exhibitions, learning how they are created and then make a mini-version of your own exhibition. Participants will gain an appreciation for what goes into to creating an exhibition and will learn how to critically evaluate museum displays. You'll never look at a museum the same way again!

On Saturday, see the amazing discoveries that have recently been made on the wreck site of HMS Invincible at an innovative museum exhibition. Learn about museum exhibition design techniques and what goes into making a good exhibition. You'll then have the opportunity to evaluate the exhibition and be contribute to the final project evaluation report completed by the Museum of the Royal Navy.

On Sunday, participants will learn more about the nuts and bolts of creating a museum exhibition and will then have the option to put their new museum design and evaluation skills into practice at the Making a Mini-Museum course. Participants can have an exhibition topic in mind or there will be real artefacts available to use for inspiration.

Participants are welcome to attend either day or attend both for a discount rate. Recommended accommodation is the Royal Maritime Club. Their online booking system is currently not working and incorrectly says that they are fully booked for that weekend. Call 023 9282 4231 to book a room.

These events have been planned with COVID restrictions in place to keep the tutors and participants safe. Participants will comply with our COVID policy which can be read here

WHO’S IT FOR?

This in-person course is for anyone interested in shipwrecks, artefacts, museum design, artefacts, shipwrecks or who is interested in sharing stories about shipwrecks through artefacts and innovative museum design.

Participants will receive 5 NAS credits per day for attending this course.

COSTS

NAS Members 

£60 per day or £90 for the two days. Includes entry to the National Museum of the Royal Navy Museum on the Saturday and morning tea/lunch/afternoon tea on the Sunday.

Non-members £90 per day or £140 for the two days. Includes entry to the National Museum of the Royal Navy Museum on the Saturday and morning tea/lunch/afternoon tea on the Sunday.

Recommended accommodation is the Royal Maritime Club. Their online booking system is currently not working and incorrectly says that they are fully booked for that weekend. Call 023 9282 4231 to book a room.

WHO IS TEACHING THE COURSE?

Eileen Clegg is the Community Archaeology Producer for the National Museum of the Royal Navy. She is the creator of the Diving Deep exhibition about HMS Invincible.

Catherine Holt is a curator at the Dover Museum and a NAS Trustee and has taught many museum design courses.

Timetable (provisional and subject to amendment)

Saturday 25th September

10.00  How the exhibition was designed and implemented (including challenges of covid)

11.00  Guided walk through the exhibition explaining some of the techniques and methods used

12.00  Free time to go back to the exhibition and fill in the evaluation form

13.00  Lunch/time to explore the rest of the museum (lunch not provided)

14.00  Discussion time about evaluating museums

15.00  Free time to visit the rest of the museum 

17.00  Museum closes/end of day 

Sunday 26th September

10.00  The nuts and bolts of creating a museum display

11.30  tea break (provided)

11.45  Writing text for a museum display (practical activity)

13.00  Lunch (provided)

14.00  How to include artefacts in an exhibition

15.00  Time to create: making your own mini-museum 

16.30  Evaluating mini-museums

17.00  End of day