Select one member of the group. That person will now interview another group about their display. As a group decide what questions to ask in order to discover the nature of the other group's display and what it tells you about them.
Plan on your interview lasting no longer than 15 minutes.
With their roots in private collections of curiosities of the 17th century, museums today are major cultural institutions that seek to 'educate' the public through organised presentations of objects and images. They give an illusion of objectivity, neutrality and timeless truth. Yet the work of museum personnel (as your work in the task you completed) is fundamentally concerned with classification of a highly culturally specific kind. They classify, not only the word of things ('art' versus 'non-art'/artifact, 'worthy' versus 'worthless' objects), but also human cultures and societies ('us' versus 'others', 'high' versus 'low', 'civilised' versus 'primitive').
Through the tasks you have completed we have begun to consider the various ways natural and cultural objects and images are brought together (or kept apart, or left out) in visual displays in order to convey certain messages about those things and the culture they come from.
Exhibition designers, by nature, are generalists. While we do need to master the many special techniques of our craft, our most important work is as listeners and synthesizers. We try to be pivots among the scholars, the sponsors, the collections themselves, the site, the budget and, last but hardly least, the audiences. Ultimately, we must help balance and give voice to the narrative presentation which connects a museum with its visitors. I use the word narrative broadly, to mean not just the interpretive text associated with collections, but also the ways in which a whole environment and sequence of events, in the museum can be used to communicate a culture's history.