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Great tours! : thematic tours and guide training for historic sites / Barbara Abramoff Levy, Sandra Mackenzie Lloyd, Susan Porter Schreiber.


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Levy, Barbara Abramoff, 1949-
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Walnut Creek, CA : Altamira Press, c2001.
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  • xiii, 159 p. ; 29 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 149-154) and index.
  • Foreword-- Acknowledgments-- Preface-- Part 1: Developing the Thematic Tour-- Introduction-- Chapter 1. Preparation: Assemble the Facts-- Chapter 2. Planning: The Theme Development Team and the Roundtable Workshop-- Chapter 3. Creating: Writing, Testing, and Revising a Thematic Tour Online-- Sample Materials-- Part 2: Training Guides to Give Thematic Tours-- Introduction-- Chapter 4. Site Specifics and Historical Context-- Chapter 5. Material Culture: The Physical Evidence-- Chapter 6. Interpretive Themes and the Thematic Tour-- Chapter 7. Communication: Audience and Presentation Techniques-- Part 3: Managing Guides Effectively-- Chapter 8. Managing Guides Effectively-- Index-- About the Authors. Foreword - Barry Lord and Gail Dexter Lord-- Chapter 1: Introduction: The Exhibition Planning Process - Gail Dexter Lord-- Part I: Why?-- Chapter 2: The Purpose of Museum Exhibitions - Barry Lord-- 2.1 Exhibitions as a Function of Museums-- 2.2 Museum Exhibitions as the Communication of Meaning-- 2.3 Modes of Exhibition Apprehension-- Case Study 2.1 Exhibitions at the Corning Museum of Glass: Combining Modes of Visitor Apprehension - David Whitehouse-- Chapter 3: Where do Exhibition Ideas Come From?-- 3.1 Research-based and Market-driven Exhibitions - Barry Lord-- 3.2 Planning for Exhibition Research - Barry Lord-- 3.3 Exhibition Ideas: Integrating the Voices of Communities and Audiences - Margaret May-- Case Study 3.1 HuupuKwanum-Tupaat: Out of the Mist, Treasures of the Nuu-chah-nulth Chiefs, Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria - Martha Black-- Chapter 4: How Will We Know When We Get There? Exhibition Evaluation-- 4.1 The Role of Market Analysis - Kate Sellers-- 4.2 Before, During and After: Front-end, Formative and Summative Evaluation - Duncan Grewcock-- Case Study 4.1 Evaluation for a Permanent Exhibition about the Work of Conservators "Caught in Time" at National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside - Anne Pennington-- 4.3 Qualitative and Quantitative Audience Research - Barbara Soren-- Part II: Where? Space and Facilities for Exhibitions-- Chapter 5: Planning and Designing Exhibition Facilities - Heather Maximea-- Case Study 5.1 Design Criteria: The International Glass Museum, Tacoma, Washington - Heather Maximea-- 5.2 Projecting Display Space Requirements - Heather Maximea-- Case Study 5.2 Visible Storage at the Museum of Anthropology (MOA), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada - Heather Maximea-- 5.3 Behind the Scenes: Support Activities and Facilities - Heather Maximea-- 5.4 Access, Adjacency and Circulation - Heather Maximea-- 5.5 Preserving Collections in Exhibitions - Murray Frost-- 5.6 Security and Public Safety in Exhibitions - Peter Osborne-- 5.7 Exhibition Accessibility - Kristin Johnson-- Chapter 6: Exhibition Galleries - Heather Maximea-- 6.1 Galleries for Art or Archives-- 6.2 Galleries for Artefacts or Specimens-- 6.3 Children's Museum and Science Centre Galleries-- 6.4 Study Spaces-- 6.5 Multi-purpose Public Spaces-- Case Study 6.1 One New Kind of Gallery: Discovery Libraries at the Denver Art Museum - Patterson B. Williams-- Case Study 6.2 Alaska Native Heritage Center: "A Gathering of Traditions", Anchorage, Alaska - Heather Maximea-- 6.6 Light and Colour in the Galleries-- 6.7 Gallery Structure-- 6.8 Materials and Finishes-- Chapter 7: Gallery Facilities and Equipment-- 7.1 Display Cases - Till Hahn-- 7.2 Lighting - Kevan Shaw-- 7.3 Audio-Visual Hardware - Barry Crean-- 7.4 Multimedia Enhancing the Experience - Maria Piacente-- 7.5 Advanced Media in Museum Exhibitions - Hugh A.D. Spencer-- Case Study 7.1 Multimedia Investment Strategies at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts: Preparing for the Inevitable "Tomorrows" - Scott Sayre-- Case Study 7.2 "The Feast of a Thousand Years" at the Ename Provincial Museum, Belgium - Marie-Claire Van der Donckt and Dirk Callebaut-- Part III: How? The Exhibition Development Process-- Chapter 8: Planning and Managing an Exhibition Programme-- 8.1 Permanent Collection Display - Barry Lord-- Case Study 8.1 "Odyssey: A Journey into World Art" at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts - William Phippen-- 8.2 Planning and Managing Temporary Exhibitions - Barry Lord-- Case Study 8.2: "African Zion": From Temporary to Permanent at the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore - Gary Vikan-- 8.3 Travelling Exhibitions - Barry Lord: Case Study 8.3 "The Treasures to Go" Travelling Exhibitions Tour, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC - Elizabeth Broun-- 8.4 Educational and Other Public Programmes for Exhibitions - Kathleen Brown-- Chapter 9: Financial Planning and Management of Exhibitions-- 9.1 Developing an Exhibition Budget Template - Martha Morris-- 9.2 Financial Planning and Management of a Temporary Exhibition Programme - Robert Scott-- Chapter 10: Curatorship in the Exhibition Planning Process - John Nicks-- 10.1 Formulating the Exhibition Concept-- 10.2 Curatorial Research-- Case Study 10.1 Making and Meaning: Turner's The Fighting Temeraire at the National Gallery, London - Michael Wilson-- 10.3 Collection Evaluation, Selection and Development-- 10.4 Documentation, 10.5 Conservation-- 10.6 Preparation of the Exhibition Brief-- Chapter 11: Interpretative Planning - Hugh A.D. Spencer-- 11.1 The Communication Process-- 11.2 The Logistical Process-- 11.3 The Interpretative Planning Process-- Case Study 11.1 Making the Earth Move for You: The Earth Galleries at the Natural History Museum, London - Robert M. Bloomfield-- Chapter 12 Exhibition Text-- 12. 1 Balancing Perspectives in Exhibition Text - Hugh A.D. Spencer-- 12.2 Exhibition Text Guidelines - Hugh A.D. Spencer-- 12.3 Including Text in the Exhibition Process - Hugh A.D. Spencer-- 12.4 The Language of Multimedia - Maria Piacente-- Chapter 13: The Role of the Exhibition Designer - Yves Mayrand-- 13.1 Criteria for Effective Museum Exhibition Design-- 13.2 Designing the Space for a Museum Exhibition-- 13.3 Designing Exhibitions for the Whole Sensorium-- 13.4 The Exhibition Design Process-- Case Study 13.1 A Walk Past Time: Architecture, Evolution, and the Tree of Life: The Renovation and Reinterpretation of the American Museum of Natural History Fossil Halls - Ralph Appelbaum-- The Role of the Exhibition Designer - Yves Mayrand-- 13.1 Criteria for Effective Museum Exhibition Design-- 13.2 Designing the Space for a Museum Exhibition-- 13.3 Designing Exhibitions for the Whole Sensorium-- 13.4 The Exhibition Design Process-- Case Study 13.1 A Walk Past Time: Architecture, Evolution and the Tree of Life: The Renovation and Reinterpretation of the American Museum of Natural History Fossil Halls - Ralph Appelbaum-- Chapter 14: Construction and Installation - Chuck Sutyla-- 14.1 Organising the Museum for Exhibition Construction and Installation-- 14.2 Contracting the Construction and Installation-- Case Study 14.1 Testing Exhibits During Construction for the Kirby Science Discovery Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota - Erich Zuern-- Chapter 15: Lighting the Show - Kevan Shaw-- Case Study 15.1 Lighting the "Scotland in History" Exhibition at the Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh - Kevan Shaw-- Chapter 16: The Role of the Project Manager - Chuck Sutyla-- 16.1 Project Management Tools-- 16.2 Documentation-- 16.3 Attributes of a Successful Exhibition Project Manager-- 16.4 Commissioning and Completing the Exhibition Project-- 16.5 Warranty Period: Operation and Maintenance-- Case Study 16.1 The Roald Dahl Children's Gallery: Project Management at Buckinghamshire County Museum - Colin Dawes and David Erskine-- Chapter 17: Exhibition Rental - Susan Dunlop-- 17.1 Retail Research-- 17.2 Merchandise Mix-- 17.3 Beyond the Museum Shop-- 17.4 Products Related to Temporary Exhibitions-- Case Study 17.1 "Van Gogh: Face to Face" at the Detroit Institute of Art: Planning the Exhibition Shop - Susan Dunlop-- What Now?-- Chapter 18: Museum Exhibitions in the 21st Century-- Case Study 18.1 Questioning Scientific Authority: "A Question of Truth" at the Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Canada-- Case Study 18.2 The Grande Galerie de l'Evolution Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris - Patrick Blandin-- Case Study 18.3 "Follow the North Star" at Conner Prairie, Indiana: A Case Study in Controversial Programming - Stephen L. Cox-- Case Study 18.4 "Enchanted Worlds": A Presentation at the Museum of Ethnology, Rotterdam for Children on Multicultural Society - Fred Wartna-- Case Study 18.5 "Art on Tyneside" at the Laing Art Gallery, Tyne and Wear Museums, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne - John Millard-- Glossary-- Annotated Bibliography - Brad King-- Index.
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Publisher's Summary:
Creating tours that are interesting and educational for visitors (and guides!) is a challenge every historic site faces. Great Tours! helps to focus clearly on the material culture and significance of a site and then shows how to use that focus to train and motivate guides. The book shows how to manage tours to a fresh new level that is engaging and educational for visitors of all ages and abilities. Readings and workshop activities frame the process throughout and allow professionals to develop what is most appropriate for their site, while working to strike a realistic balance between ideals and every day reality. Great Tours! offers a unique combination of theoretical guidance and practical activities, supplemented by reproducible forms and a bibliography and index, that make it an invaluable resource for anyone involved with planning tours and training guides.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
Lloyd, Sandra Mackenzie, 1953-
Schreiber, Susan Porter, 1947-
American Association for State and Local History book series.

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