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HIST2240 Hands on Heritage

20 creditsClass Size: 28

Module manager: Rachael Gillibrand
Email: tbc

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will provide students with an introduction to the ways in which museums and heritage are developed, presented, and used to facilitate education and community engagement. Students will be given the opportunity to consider integral themes within museum, heritage and material culture studies - including collecting practices and due diligence; tangible and intangible heritage; objects, interpretation, and the production of meaning; and object-based learning in museum education. Not only will students become familiar with the academic and pedagogical literature pertaining to these themes, but they will also have the opportunity to apply their learning through contacts with heritage professionals and virtual or physical visits to sites. As such, the module will help students to develop key verbal and written workplace skills, such as critical analysis, evaluation, and the ability to convert subject specific knowledge into documents accessible by a range of public audiences.


The module aims to provide students with an opportunity to think about inclusivity and diversity via an engagement with specific museum collections as well as literary heritage, intangible cultural heritage and difficult/dark heritage. It will introduce students to key themes within heritage, material culture studies and inclusive practice through academic and pedagogical scholarship, seminar discussions, and museum visits. The module will help students to develop key verbal and written workplace skills, as well as critical analysis, evaluation, independent research and the ability to convert research into resources for a public audience.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, students will be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which heritage sites and museum collections are developed, presented, and used for educational purposes

Show familiarity with key texts in the fields of heritage, pedagogy and material culture studies

Identify and address issues of diversity, equality and inclusivity in heritage attractions.

Critically evaluate heritage attractions

Convert research findings into formats that could be accessed by diverse audiences.

Apply fundamental standards and practices of scholarly research, discussion, and assessed work.

Skills outcomes
Students will be introduced to the application of Geographic Information System (GIS) software within the humanities. They will receive training in digital map-making tools (e.g. Google Earth, Historypin, etc.) and will be expected to apply this skill as a part of their heritage trail assignment.


Indicative topics may include:

Collection, interpretation and display in heritage institutions (practices and policies); museum objects as educational tools; approaches to lost, stolen, damaged, or removed objects; intangible cultural heritage; literary heritage; difficult/dark heritage; museum community engagement; heritage learning strategies for engaging diverse and underrepresented groups; inclusive teaching practices; heritage tours and map-making.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours177.00
Total Contact hours23.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will receive feedback on their critical review and via seminar discussions and office hours. Students must submit a non-assessed 500-word project proposal in advance of their heritage trail assignment in a week to be determined by the tutor; they will receive feedback on this proposal via written comments and office hours.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Literature Review1000-word critical review due week 620.00
PortfolioHeritage Trail and 1500- word report due exam week 180.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

For the heritage trail, the student should select a town, city or region and produce a heritage trail comprised of five locations. The trail should not exceed 2,000 words; however, the final wordcount should reflect the chosen audience. The 1500-word report will accompany the heritage trail, explaining the rationale behind the student’s labelling, curation, and formatting practices. The trail and the report will be worth 40% each.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 04/05/2022


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