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FC: Photo Essay Exploring Museum Professions Ashley Mead

1: BURKE MUSEUM | Washington | ARRIVED 1 Nov. 2013 | The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture founded in 1885 has a mission to "create a better understanding of the world and our place in it". The museum has a strong connection with the University of Washington spanning over 100 years.

2: The Burke has a very welcoming look and feel. The director, board members, and trustee have written goals and a mission to reflect the history, desires, and needs of the community. They work with marketing, development, and various other staff to promote and fulfill its mission.

4: EDUCATION & FAMILY PROGRAMS This area is used for school groups and family programs organized by the education department. Education hosts

5: school groups in here as well as sending educators and museum coordinators into the community to promote the museum and organize outreach programs. As previously mentioned, the Burke is affiliated with the University of Washington and therefore has an exceptionally strong connection with education. It should be noted that much of the museum is run by students and volunteers.

6: Because this display is largely photos and text, fewer hands may have been involved. Again, the curator would have written the text and done much of the research for this. With this much text the editor would have had his hands full with this display. If it has writing on it the editor sees it.

8: EXHIBITS | pacific voices | 25 OCT 2013 | With artifacts as fragile and significant as these can be there were likely many people and departments involved. The registrar and curator would have worked together to determine which artifacts would be fit for display. Because the museum largely displays native art and artifacts they would have had to make sure they were adhering to NAGPRA and following cultural protocols. The curator, knowing the collection, would have had a hand in writing the information boards as previously mentioned. Larger pieces, such as the wall displayed on the upper right, would have had the help of art installers. Exhibition designers, and lighting staff would need to help assemble the display in a way that is intriguing and interesting to the visitor, but doesn't put artifacts at risk. The

9: registrar or collections manager would work with staff members and facilities to insure that the environment was ideal for preservation, even while on display. Display cases need to be in good condition and lighting needs to be done in a way as to not damage the artifacts. All of these people work together to see that visitor can joy what the museum has while still being able to protect it for future generations.

11: Temporary Exhibit & Gift Shop | On the left behind the gate is a recently closed exhibit. The registrar and handlers are probably some of the larger players in this. They will be responsible in making sure the objects are all properly packed and either ready for storage or transportation. Security officers have the area blocked off as well for the safety of artifacts and visitors. If this is a traveling exhibit the registrar will be responsible for making sure the objects get to the next venue safely. The rest of the photo is the gift shop. This is a small university museum and the gift shop is also a part of visitor services. They do not have a dedicated staff and is run by the two women at admissions. Chances are this is membership as well and all would be under the sales department.

12: Glaser, J. R., & Zenetou, A. A. (1997). Museums: A place to work. New York, New York: Routledge. Schlatter, N. E. (2008). Museum careers: A practical guide for students and novices. Walnut Creek, California: Left Coast Press Inc. http://www.burkemuseum.org/ | REFERENCES

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  • Photo Essay of the Burke Museum at the University of Washington
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