• Offered by Research School of Humanities and the Arts
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Museum and Collection
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Museums and Collections, Heritage Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

Collections Management Workshop provides students with practical and customised opportunities to develop skills and knowledge related to collections management in the context of cultural and research organisations. Students will be allocated to work with a specific collection held by the Australian National University, and undertake a mixed approach to learning about collections management through workshops on key aspects of collections management best practice, practical work with the specific collection and those responsible for its management, and research and report preparation related to identified needs for the specific collection with which they are placed.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. demonstrate a working knowledge and critical engagement with a collection;
  2. identify and operationalise best practice approaches to needs assessment and significance as methodologies for managing collections; and
  3. demonstrate skills in documentation, research, collaboration, and reflective practice necessary for collections management in complex organisational contexts in order to ensure transfer of knowledge between stakeholders over time.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Collections Management Project Plan (1000 words) (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Activity Journal (2000 words) (25) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Final Collections Management Report (3000 words) (55) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Workshop Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 18 hours of classes over the semester comprised of 6 three-hour workshops;
b) 60 hours of practical work in a collection; and
c) 52 hours of independent student research, reading and  writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Research School of Humanities and the Arts to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable

Assumed Knowledge

This course has a practical focus on managing physical collections. To successfully undertake the practical and conceptual work in the course students should have completed at least 24 units towards EITHER the MMUHS Master of Museum and Heritage Studies, VMUHS Master of Museum and Heritage Studies (Advanced), MAESC Master of Archaeological and Evolutionary Science, VAESC Master of Archaeological and Evolutionary Science (Advanced), MAHCS Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies, or VAHCS Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies (Advanced).



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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5820
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