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Study Day: Exhibitions on Shoestring

Tuesday 26th February, 2019

10:00am– 5:00pm

Exeter Community Centre. 

Creating new exhibitions and refreshing displays in your museum is essential not only to maintain existing audiences, but also to attract new visitors to your museum. But how can you create an engaging exhibition which doesn’t use your entire exhibition budget in one go?

This study day will help to provide you with inspiration, top tips, practical support and advice to be able to produce great exhibitions for under £1,000 without compromising on accessibility or the care of your objects that engage audiences.

Who should attend this event?

If you have previous experience in creating exhibitions or displays in a museum of heritage environment  but are looking for top tips and support in how to do one on a smaller budget

- If you have previously created  exhibitions on a budget but want to make sure the exhibition and display materials you use are following collections care best practice.

- You want to make sure your exhibitions are accessible to all, but are unsure how to do that on a budget

This session is not designed for those who are seeking training in the principles of creating an exhibition and/or exhibition interpretation.

What will you learn?

- How to create an exhibition budget

- Creating sustainable exhibitions; protecting the environment and your budget

- Low cost ways to make your exhibitions accessible to support broader audience engagement

- How to keep your objects safe whilst on display

This event is in partnership between South West Museum Development (SWMD) and the Social History Curators Group (SHCG) (the Subject Specialist Network which champions social history in museums).

Priority for bookings and the discounted rate is available to all SHCG members and to all museums in Arts Council England’s Accreditation scheme in the South West.

There will be handouts and information given at the event and the information from the day will also be shared digitally by SHCG and SWMD


£20 for SHCG members and/or all museums in Arts Council England’s Accreditation Scheme in the South West ONS region.

£50 Museums not within Arts Council's Accreditation scheme in the South West ONS region or a non-Accredited site.

Outline of day:

10:00 - 10:15 - Registration and refreshments

10:15 - 10:20 - Introductions, housekeeping and outline of the day

10:20 - 10:30 - Interactive session/Icebreaker: Sharing exhibition loves and hates. Attendees will share what exhibitions that they liked, didn’t like and what they would like to achieve with their exhibition.

10:30 - 11:00 - Exhibitions on a Budget Case Study, Lizzy Sharpe-Asprey and Jackie Austin, Saltash Heritage.

11:00 - 11:20 - Budget 101- what should you include when budgeting for any exhibition- Roz Bonnet, South West Museum Development

11:20 - 12:20 - Creating an accessible exhibition on a budget, Becki Morris, Disability Co-operative Network (DCN). This will include a practical element

12:20 - 12:30 - Questions

12:30 - 1:30 - Lunch- (Included) also chance to explore the nearby Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM)

1:30 - 2:00 - Exhibitions on a budget case study- Roz Currie, Islington Local History Centre and Museum 

2:00 - 3:00 - Creating a sustainable exhibition on a budget- Roz Bonnet, South West Museum Development.

3:00 - 3:10 - Short Break

3:10 - 4:10 - Keeping your objects safe when creating exhibitions on a budget- Helena Jaeschke, South West Museum Development. This will include a practical element

4:10 - 4:40 - Questions, particular problems you might have and where to go next- Practical session in groups- please bring you particular exhibition challenges to the event

4:40 - 4:50 - SHCG Championing Social History-resources and information about how SHCG can help your Social history collection/museum flourish.

4:50 - 5:00 - Wrap up and close

Any questions or queries:

Please email

To book: 

Please complete this online form 

Bookings close at 5pm on Friday 25th January 2019 or when full.


Free Place:

We are offering one free place to a SHCG member who has not previously attended one of our events. Please complete the form below to apply.

Please email completed forms to, by 5pm on Wednesday 16th January 2019

Free Place form