IHR Wohl Library Exhibition Competition

IHR Wohl Library Exhibition competition

IHR Display Case

Following the IHR refurbishment, the Wohl Library now benefits from a number of bespoke display and exhibition cases which will be used to highlight the breadth of the collections and the range of work undertaken at the Institute.

Recognising the potential importance of exhibitions and public engagement for Early Career Researchers (ECRs), the library team has announced an annual competition for History Lab Plus members, offering the winner the opportunity to curate an exhibition within the IHR. Working with the library team, you will gain experience in exhibition curation, design and conservation, as well as showcasing your subject. It offers the opportunity for ECRs to display their research in new and innovative ways to the diverse range of historians who visit the IHR. No prior exhibition experience is required, and you will work alongside IHR library staff in producing the exhibition.

The winning exhibition will make creative use of the IHR’s holdings and explore a historical topic, theme or area of research in an engaging and scholarly way. It will also be aware of the range of audience that the IHR services, which includes professional historians but also the general public. There are five cases available, suggesting an exhibition list of 20-25 items. The exhibition can also include facsimiles of materials held elsewhere, and can include display boards within the cases (the IHR library will arrange the printing of these). The winning exhibition can be complemented by an online version of the exhibition hosted on the IHR website, and should also have outreach or launch event as part of the exhibition programme (for example a workshop, lecture or curator’s tour).

To enter, send your exhibition title, 250-word outline explaining what your exhibition will be about and what might be in it, and the text of a sample label (100 words max) to the IHR Librarian, matthew.shaw@sas.ac.uk. Please include your ideas for the launch or outreach event and a suggested launch date. The exhibition will run four approximately three months.

Entries due 30 September (deadline has been extended).

A range of guidance on best practice for label and exhibition text writing can be found here:

http://www.vam.ac.uk/blog/creating-new-europe-1600-1800-galleries/labels-gallery-text

http://australianmuseum.net.au/writing-text-and-labels

http://www.artnews.com/2010/07/01/your-labels-make-me-feel-stupid/

http://aam-us.org/about-us/grants-awards-and-competitions/excellence-in-label-writing

http://www.ifla.org/past-wlic/2012/87-vincent-en.pdf

http://www.museum-ed.org/category/interpretation/

https://www.getty.edu/education/museum_educators/downloads/aaim_completeguide.pdf

Further reading:

http://www.collectionstrust.org.uk/media/documents/c1/a104/f6/000504.pdf