- Stuart Frost, Head of Interpretation
- Learning, Volunteers and Audiences
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The British Museum has a varied temporary exhibition programme which uses different spaces across the site. These include the Reading Room in the Great Court which has been temporarily adapted to accommodate major exhibitions. On a different scale innovative displays of a smaller number of objects from the Museum collection have been held in Room 3 since January 2005.
The British Museum undertakes research to inform the development of its temporary exhibitions and to make improvements to the permanent galleries.
The Museum intends to publish the outcome of this process here, beginning with summative reports of smaller displays in Room 3.
Conservation in focus. Room 3, November 2008.
When work begins on developing an exhibition or display, initial concepts and ideas are explored with key audiences. Front-end evaluation establishes visitors’ prior knowledge, experience and expectations of the subject covered by the exhibition or gallery.
When ideas for specific displays and associated interpretation within an exhibition are more advanced they may be tested with visitors. This stage of the evaluation process leads to iterative improvements.
After an exhibition has opened, research is undertaken to help inform the development of future displays and to establish how successful an individual project has been in meeting its objectives.
Hajj: journey to the heart of Islam
(Reading Room, 26 January– 15 April 2012)
Summative report (pdf)
Revolution on paper:
(Room 90, 22 October 2009 – 5 April 2010)
The power of dogu: ceramic
figures from ancient Japan (pdf)
(Room 91, 10 September – 22 November 2009)
Shah ‘Abbas: The Remaking of Iran
(Reading Room, 19 February – 14 June 2009)
Summative report (pdf)
Sculptors at the British Museum(pdf)
(4 October 2008 – 25 January 2009)
Church and Emperor: an Ethiopian crucifixion
(Room 3, 6 March – 5 May 2008)
in Focus (pdf)
(Room 3, 11 September – 26 October 2008)
The Caribbean before Columbus: Taíno Icons
(Room 3, 3 May – 17 June 2007)
Flowers of Japan (pdf)
(Room 3, 5 July – 19 August 2007)
Beauty in Modern Japan (pdf)
(Room 35, 19 July – 21 October 2007)
speaking with the gods in ancient Egypt
(Room 3, 8 November 2007 – 27 January 2008)
Warren Cup: Sex and Society
in Ancient Greece (pdf)
(Room 3, 11 May – 2 July 2006)
The Royal Game
of Ur (pdf)
(Room 3, 20 July – 3 September 2006)
The Art of Peace:
paintings by the poet Tagore (pdf)
(Room 3, 14 September – 12 November 2006)
The past from above: through the lens of Georg Gerster
(Room 35, 16 November 2006 – 11 February 2007)
Forgotten Empire: the world of Ancient Persia
(Room 5, 9 September 2005 – 8 January 2006
Samurai to Manga: Japan across the centuries
(Room 3, 15 December 2005 – 8 February 2006)
Evaluating Museum activities