Yesterday was the day. Well, it probably could have been done earlier, but yesterday is when I had time. I dismantled the Music & the Technology of Sound exhibit. It’s been up just over a year, which is the limit of time for display that we observe with our east hallway exhibits. (While we have a coating on the windows to limit UV rays, the sun still manages to have an effect on hallway exhibits.)
When it comes to exhibits, it can take us days or weeks to build one. We have to come up with an idea/theme/story, gather the appropriate artifacts, figure out how best to display the items we’ve chosen, and make labels. Yesterday I decided to see how long it would take to dismantle an exhibit, just for comparison’s sake. With Ann Marie’s help, it took 2 hours, and that included tweeting and taking photos throughout the process, as well as putting all the artifacts away. (Just so you know, putting the artifacts away is the hard part because we have to remember where they all belong within the collections store rooms. One year is a long time to keep that sort of thing in mind.)
Here are some pics of the process:
The east hall now looks naked, but we’ve already got plans for the next exhibit.