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MA students curate a series of online exhibitions for Interpretations 2022


MA students from the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies have curated nine new online exhibitions using a range of open access collections.

The exhibitions have been developed as part of Interpretations — a core module for students taking MA courses in Art Gallery and Museum Studies and Arts Management and Heritage Studies. Using an action learning approach, students are supported to learn about object research, interpretive practice, text writing, visual communication and marketing.

Collections used this year include: The Smithsonian Institution, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Science Museum Group, the Wellcome Collection, York Museums Trust, Yale Center for British Art, the Getty Collection, and the Rijksmuseum.

Visit the exhibitions

Full details and links to each of the nine online exhibitions can be found on the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage website:

A Woman’s Duty — Challenging the Idealization of the Dutch Home
Rijksmuseum collection

Click & Collect: an online exploration of collecting at the museum and on the mantelpiece
Getty Museum Collection

Fragile Survivors
York Museums Trust collection

In a Heartbeat: War as Catalyst for Innovation
Science Museum Group Collection Online

Mental Health: Misunderstanding and Mistreatment
Wellcome Collection

My Body is My Own! The Female Form and Body Autonomy
The Metropolitan Museum of Art collection

The Fashion of Convention
Smithsonian open access

Under Sight
Yale Center for British Art collections online

Feature image

From left:

Window Glass, 1335. Copyright York Museums Trust.

Detail from Detraining in England, by Claude Shepperson, 1914-1918, from series ‘Tending the wounded’. Crayon lithograph, 38.5x51cm, in gilt and black frame 58x68x3cm. 1980-910 Pt4, Science Museum Group Collection Online.