Museum and Heritage Studies at the University of Calgary

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Museum and Heritage Studies at the University of Calgary


Wetherell, Don, Alberta History


While museum studies programmes have been expanding throughout the United States and Europe in the past decade, Canadian universities have been somewhat slower in joining the trend, This gap is, however, steadily being closed. Last fall I was hired as the first full-time faculty member in the Faculty of Communication and Culture, University of Calgary, to teach museum and heritage studies. In this programme, students combine museum studies with another subject, such as communications studies, history, archaeology, and art history. To broaden our scope, the Faculty will offer a new introductory class in museum studies for first year students this fall, while senior classes will continue to provide more advanced students with the chance for in-depth study of more specialised topics. Teaching methods that combine theory with practical projects are used, and all students must complete a practicum at a museum, historic site or other cultural heritage facility.

The Nickle Art Museum at the University of Calgary and its Director, Ann Davis, are fully involved with the museum and heritage studies programme. …

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