Sustaining Places

Resources for small museums and historic sites



The Society for American Archaeology presents this article on Producing Affective Exhibits for Archaeology Fairs on page 11 of this publication (PDF).

This presentation discusses the museum design process. The timeline on the first page is an illustration of the proper steps to take when planning and executing an exhibition. The slides that follow break down each aspect of the timeline into detail.

The Philadelphia History Museum at Atwater Kent has launched a new community history gallery for use by local not-for-profit groups. The planning toolkit they created and the application form can both be adapted for similar projects in your own organization — or for planning your own in-house exhibits.

Exhibition Labels and Displays

This resource from Museum-Ed “If You Can’t See It Don’t Say It: A New Approach to Interpretive Writing” offers great tips as you reconsider how you are writing interpretive labels for visitors by keeping the message clear and on topic and following this rule: if you can’t see it don’t say it.

The Victoria & Albert Museum’s “Gallery Text at the V&A: A Ten Point Guide” will provide you with tips on how to write gallery text in a way that is engaging and accessible to your audience.

Exhibition Labels: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
This video discusses good and bad practices for creating Exhibition Labels.
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Metroframe is a manufacturer and distributor of framing supplies for museums and galleries.  This section of the company website contains videos and short articles with illustrations demonstrating framing techniques and offering advice on how to frame museum objects.

On a budget? Check out this video about how to make quality, low-priced exhibition displays.

Mailing Address

University of Delaware
Museum Studies Program, Sustaining Places
77 E. Main St.
Newark, DE 19711