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The Manual of Museum Planning

Second Edition

Edited by Gail Dexter Lord and Barry Lord - Contributions by Mark O'Neill; Barbara J. Soren; Phillip Thompson; Ted Silberberg; John Nicks; Kevin Gosling; Hugh A. D. Spencer; Murray Frost; Peter Osborne; Martha Morris; J Patrick Greene; Stuart R. Grover; Heather Maximea; Richard Harrison; Harold Kalman; Chris Davies and Susan Carmichael

Over the past decade, The Manual of Museum Planning has become the definitive text for those concerned with the planning, design, construction, renovation, or expansion of a museum or public gallery. The fully revised second edition of this hugely successful book not only updates the first but also adds chapters on visitors with special needs, fund-raising feasibility studies, institutional planning, and other subjects. An essential resource for all museum professionals as well as trustees, architects, designers, and government agencies involved with the dynamic world of museums and galleries.

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AltaMira Press
Pages: 480Size: 7 3/4 x 9 1/2
978-0-7425-0406-6 • Paperback • March 2000 • $77.00 • (£49.95)
Barry Lord is co-founder and director of Lord Cultural Resources Planning and Management Ltd. He has worked as a curator, art critic, historian, museum education officer, and since 1981 as a museum planner throughout Canada, the USA, the UK, continental Europe, Australia, and both East and West Asia. He was co-editor of Planning Our Museums (1983) and co-author of The Cost of Collecting (1989) and The Manual of Museum Management (1997). Barry has taught museum planning and management in Europe, Asia, and North America.
Gail Dexter Lord is co-founder and director of Lord Cultural Resources Planning and Management Ltd. She has worked as an art critic and cultural animator and since 1981 has directed several hundred museum planning studies in the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America and is a favorite speaker at conferences and in university courses on this subject on all these continents. She was also co-editor of Planning Our Museums (1983) and co-author of The Cost of Collecting (1989) and The Manual of Museum Management (1997).
Chapter 1 1 Introduction to the Museum Planning Process
Part 2 I: Planning for People
Chapter 3 2 Museums and Their Communities
Chapter 4 3 Institutional Planning
Chapter 5 4 Meeting the Needs of Museum Visitors
Chapter 6 5 Visitors with Special Needs
Chapter 7 6 The Importance of Market and Financial Feasability Analysis
Part 8 II: Planning for Collections
Chapter 9 7 Collections Management
Chapter 10 8 Information Technology
Chapter 11 9 Exhibition Development
Chapter 12 10 Planning for Preventive Conservation
Chapter 13 11 Safety and Security
Chapter 14 12 Planning for Collections during a Building Project
Part 15 III: Planning for Construction
Chapter 16 13 The Role of the Museum Director, Staff, and Trustees in a Capital Project
Chapter 17 14 Fund-Raising Feasability Studies
Chapter 18 15 Zoning as a Museum Planning Tool
Chapter 19 16 The Functional Programme or Brief
Chapter 20 17 Project Management
Chapter 21 18 Selecting a Site
Chapter 22 19 Adapting Existing Buildings as Museums
Chapter 23 20 Cost Control
Chapter 24 21 The Architect's Role in the Implementation Process
Chapter 25 Conclusion
Chapter 26 Glossary
Chapter 27 References
Chapter 28 Further Reading
Chapter 29 Index
The Manual of Museum Planning became a museum classic the moment it rolled off the press.
Museum International, (Unesco)

The Manual of Museum Planning second edition, should continue to be the definitive work on the subject. .... At the base of any successful museum development and construction project ... is a thorough planning process. This book provides the tools to make sure that happens.
Lawrence Sommer, Nebraska State Historical Society; Nebraska History

The Manual of Museum Planning is an excellent reference.... I recommend this book to institutions and organizations that are not only embarking on a renovation or construction project but also to those whose daily function it is to manage, preserve, and interpret cultural heritage.
Angela J. Neller, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Illinois Archaeology

As a museum director presently involved in a permanent exhibition construction project, I found the book particularly valuable for the reflection it occasioned on the planning process for concept formulation, fundraising feasibility, project management and cost control. I found myself taking notes, critiquing what was now behind us and assigning readings to other staff members as a means of improving procedures. Although at times primarily directed to the new and major large museum project, the advice is equally applicable to small and medium sized museums.
Lawrence Grant, Guelph Museums; Ontario Museum Association Journal