UGC NET Syllabus for Museology and Conservation

UGC NET Syllabus for Museology and Conservation, Code No: 66

Museology and Conservation: Museology, or museum studies, is the study of museums, museum curation, and how museums developed into their institutional role in education through social and political forces. Museum displays are given meaning and purpose by the context in which they are created and how they are showcased; museology endeavours to discover the catalysts that support the growth of these associations and their success through such efficiencies. The scope of research goes beyond superficial terms, delving further into topics such as audiences to which exhibits are directed, responsibilities encountered by way of function, as well as some deliberation as to possible futures as an institution. The difficulties that are faced by historians and curators to produce a product that appeals to a varied public and can withstand criticism stimulates ongoing research.

Question Pattern: There will be two question papers - UGC NET Examination in Museology and Conservation, Paper II and Paper III. Paper II will have 100 marks in total whereas Paper III will have 150 marks in total. Paper II will cover fifty (50) objective type questions, whereas the Paper III will have seventy five (75) objective type questions, each question carrying two (2) marks. All questions are compulsory in both the papers. The objective type questions will include multiple choices, matching type, true / false and assertion-reasoning type.

Paper II & Paper III (Parts A & Part B) Syllabus

Unit – I

Definition of Museum.

Definition of Museology / Museography.

History of Development of Museum – World / India.

Types of Museums – India.

Para Museums.

Rural Museums – their problems.

Role of Museum in Society.

Museum accountability.

Museum in changing world.

Museum Movement and International Organization.

Professional associations and their relevance.

Unit – II

History of Collection – World.

Theoretical issues and value based collection / objectives.

Methods of Collection.

Ethics of Collection.

History of Documentation / aim and objectives.

Registration Methods / Indexing / Cataloguing.

Exhibition Documentation.

Conservation / Restoration Documentation.

Computerization / Multimedia.

Unit – III

History / Archaeology / Architecture.

Ethnology / Anthropology / Folk Literature.

History of Art / Fine Arts / Performing Art.

National History and Physical Sciences.

Unit – IV

General Principles of presentation.

Organization and planning of gallery / exhibition.

Nature and types of exhibition.

Permanent / temporary exhibition.

Types of Museum Lighting – Natural and Artificial – their merits and demerits.

Effects of light on textiles, paintings, natural history specimens.

Preparation of blue print and stages of

Selection of materials research for data input.

Execution of presentation (layout, exhibit – design, stages of mounting illumination).

Unit – V

Communication Techniques.

Lable / Lable Writing.

Audio – Visual Techniques / Application.

Orientation and guiding.

Other Complimentary Techniques and Application.

Unit – VI

General Principles and Theoretical issues.

Educational Role of the Museum.

Educational Services and Facilities.

Extension Services / out reach program.

Special Services to Physically handicapped.

Cultural Resources in Museum Education.

Unit – VII

General Principles of Public Relations.

Nature of Public Relations and its application in museum.

Media Outlets – Print Media, Electronic Media.

Information Technology in

Public Facilities and Services.

Classification of Museum visitors – its need.

Friends of the Museum and Voluntary Services.

Museum Marketing Strategy.

Unit – VIII

Analysis of Materials.

Factors of Deterioration.

Pest Control in Museums.

Sterilization / prevention / first aid.

Preservation / Conservation / Lining / Darning.

Unit – IX

Handling / Care.

Storage Organisation.

Packing and Transportation Regulations.

Insurance / Other Safeguards.

Museum Security against fire, theft and burglary, armed conflict.

Unit – X

Principles of Museum Management.

Administrative Structures of Museum.

Museum Administration Personnel Finance.

Policy Planning and Quality Development.

Museum Security and Maintenance.