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ASI Training Syllabus Paper09


Syllabus for PGDA

Papers: I | II  | III  | IV  | V |  VI | VII  | VIII  | IX  | X | XI | XII | TEST

Paper -IX Museology

I. Introduction to Museology

(a) Definition of museology and museography

(b) History of development of museums in the world with special reference to India

(c) Types of museums, their scope and functions

II. Collection, Documentation and Preservation

(a) Collection policies, ethics and procedures

(b) Collection: field exploration, excavation, purchase, gift and bequests, loans and deposits, exchanges, treasure trove, confiscation and others

(c) Documentation: accessioning, indexing, cataloguing, digital documentation and de-accessioning

(d) Preservation: curatorial care, preventive conservation, chemical preservation and restoration

III. Museum Presentation / Exhibition

(a) Types of exhibits and exhibitions, exhibition designing, planning, fabrication, installation and related issues

(b) Principles of display for permanent exhibition and reserve collection

(c) Objectives and communication goals, target audience, concept development, story line, designing and layout of exhibits, gallery development, space, showcases and structural installations, colour scheme, lighting, labels & scripts, evaluation

(d) Temporary, travelling, mobile and exhibitions abroad

IV. Museum Education and Communication

(a) In house educational programmes and activities, outreach programmes

(b) Educational activities like lectures, seminars, workshops, museum camps, special celebrations

(c) Use of multimedia in museums

V. Museum Research and Publications

(a) Research based on museum collections, research publications, catalogue

(b) Popular publications such as guide books, brochures, worksheets, pamphlets, posters, picture postcards

(c) Museological research, visitor surveys and exhibit evaluation studies

VI. Museum management

(a) Museum management and administration: security, public safety, insurance, budgeting and human resources

(b) Museum architecture, adaptation and use of old buildings

(c) Forgeries, copies, replicas, reproductions

(d) Museum marketing

(e) ICOM code of professional ethics and statutes

(f) National and international organisations related to museums

(g) Relevant laws on antiquities and art treasures

(h) Guidelines for loans


Students shall undertake practical work and assignments related to the topics of study

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