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Learning through looking how can we use museum objects to ignite critical enquiry

Learning Through Looking:How can we use museum objects to ignite critical enquiry?

Maggie Wood & Richard Lumb

Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (MoDA), Middlesex University


Handling moda objects
Handling MoDA objects

Copies of Handling Guidelines are on your tables:

  • Wear gloves

  • Pencils only

  • Objects in sleeves must stay in sleeves

  • No food or drink near the objects

  • Be sure not to lean on the objects

  • Ask for help if you need it


Object analysis 1 5 minutes
Object Analysis 15 minutes

You will working in small groups

Each group will have one MoDA object

Examine the MoDA object and answer the questions on the Object analysis form.

Please discuss your answers as a group and designate one of you to be the scribe, in order to record your answers on the form.

Ignore the drawing activity – we don’t have time!


Object analysis methodology development
Object Analysis Methodology & Development



Object analysis questionaires why use them
Object Analysis endeavour.’ (Kjolberg, 2010: 122)Questionaires: Why use them?

  • Encourage critical thinking

  • Provide students with a method of interrogating objects

  • Encourage students to draw on their existing knowledge and experience

  • Emphasises the need to test initial ideas and thoughts by carrying out further independent research, in order to complete the ‘Deduction’ section of the questionnaire


Object analysis questionnaires how s uccessful
Object analysis questionnaires: endeavour.’ (Kjolberg, 2010: 122)How successful?

  • Too early to say….

  • Students are noticeably more engaged

  • Students draw on existing knowledge and experience when answering the questionnaire

  • The Student Impact Project – a 3 year project to track the performance of Art & Design undergraduates who make use of MoDA’s collections as part of their course.


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