Museology, Conservation and Popularisation of Archaeology

Course Name:         Museology, Conservation and Popularisation of Archaeology
Course Type:                  lecture
Lecturer, time & place:    see course schedule


A broad selection of issues related to broadly understood popularisation of archaeology will be discussed, from the role of modern museums, through legal acts regulating heritage protection, to practical issues such as acquisition of funds and preparing popular archaeological publications.


  1. Introduction. Definitions, museums’ functions, methods and fields of archaeological heritage popularisation, museology.
  2. Protection of cultural heritage in a democratic society. The law in the past and today. Looting and protection of cultural heritage in Poland and Europe. Aspects of professional ethics. Metal detectors. Trade in archaeological artefacts.
  3. System of heritage protection services and methods of managing cultural heritage.
  4. History and structure of museums. Types of museums; Polish and European institutions and organisations involved in  popularisation of archaeological heritage.
  5. Preparation and promotion of exhibitions. Brochures, catalogues, media plan, security of exhibitions.
  6. Exhibiting. Models, full-size reconstructions, interactive presentations, computer animations, archaeological open-air museums and exploratoriums.
  7. Cultural heritage at school. Museum lessons, interactive workshops, educational prints and packages, problem of equal opportunities, disabled visitors.
  8. Educational archaeological and historical events. Organisation, marketing, advertising.
  9. Experimental archaeology. Vanishing crafts and education, archaeological open-air museums as centres of living archaeology.
  10. Archaeological heritage and tourism. The role of cultural heritage in regional development policy.
  11. Archaeological fieldwork planning. Budget planning for research, analyses, preliminary report and publication.
  12. Archaeology and development. How to collect funds for scientific projects, problems of copyright, sponsorship and patronage.
  13. The role of local structures. Foundations and European funds in support of the cultural heritage, framework projects, structural funds, grants.
  14. The history of popularisation of archaeological heritage in Poland and Europe.
  15. Archaeological heritage in the media. Popular-science journals, radio and television stations, multimedia, internet.
  16. Marketing and advertising in popularising cultural heritage projects. Target groups, market, folders, posters, mass-media.

Selected Reading:

Legal acts:

European Convention on the Protection of Archaeological Heritage

Act on the protection of monuments and the guardianship of monuments, 23 July 2003

Ordinance of the Minister of Culture on the conduction of conservation and restoration works, building works, conservation and architectural research and other activities at monuments listed in the Register of Monuments and archaeological research and search for concealed or abandoned portable relics.


Carbonell, B.M. (ed.), Museum Studies, Oxford, 2007;

Bennett T., The Birth of the Museum: History, Theory, Politics, London, 1995;

Berry, A., Managing Ancient Monuments. An Integrated Approach, Durham, 1995;

Boniface, P., Flower, T.J., Heritage and Tourism in “The Global Village”, London-New York, 1996;

Dobinson, C., Denison, S., Metal Detecting and Archaeology in England, London-New York, 1995;

Fopp, M.A., Managing Museums and Galleries, London, 1997;

Goodacre, B., Baldwin, G., Living the Past, London, 2000;

Harrison, R., Manual of Heritage Management, Oxford, 1994;

Heritage and Development of Historical Cities: 6th World Conference on Historical Cities, May 25th–28th 1998 Krakow, B. Matwijów (ed.), Kraków, 1998;

Hein, G.E., Learning in the Museum, London–New York, 2004;

Hooper–Greenhill, E. (ed.), Museum, Media, Message, London-New York, 1995;

Hooper–Greenhill, E., Museum and their Visitors, Leicester, 1994;

Kotler, N., Kotler, P., Museum Strategy and Marketing, San Francisco, 1998;

Lord, B., Lord, G.D., The Manual of Museum Management, New York, 1997;

Molyneaux, B., The Presented Past: Heritage, Museums and Education (One World Archaeology), 1994;

Museum Archaeology in Europe, D. Gaimster (ed.), Oxford, 1994;

Museum and Gallery Education. A Manual of Good Practice, H. Moffat (ed.), Leicester, 1995;

Museum Education: History, Theory and Practice, S. Mayer, N. Berry (eds), Washington, 1989;

Presenting Archaeology to the Public: Digging for Truths, J.H. Jameson (ed.), Walmut Creek, 1997;

Ricambert, C., Le droit de l’archeologie française, Paris, 1996;

Was ist ein Bodendenkmal? Archäologie und Recht, H.G. Horn et al. (eds), Münster, 1991;

Teaching archaeology: A United Kingdom Directory of Resources, D. Henson (ed.), London, 1996.