Exhibition labels

Writing exhibition labels can be a daunting task – deciding on the tone, the language and the content is no mean feat. In this Museum Practice, writing coach Rebecca Mileham offers her top tips for writing labels that visitors actually want to read. And as more museums explore different approaches to interpretation, Rebecca Atkinson looks at how QR codes and digital labels are being used across a number of different institutions. Plus, Kirsty Devine and Richard Williams describe the script-writing process for interpretation at Glasgow’s Riverside Museum. There are also case studies from the Museum of Croydon and the National Trust, as well as a selection of case studies submitted by Museum Practice readers.

What makes a good label?

Rebecca Mileham offers her top tips for writing labels that people actually read

Digital and mobile labels

From iPads to QR codes, this article looks at digital labels

Storytelling at Riverside

The scriptwriting process at Riverside Museum

Your label case studies

Case studies from Museum Practice readers and the chance for you to submit your own

Case study: different voices

The Museum of Croydon enhanced the labels in its Chinese ceramic gallery by introducing a range of different voices

Case study: hidden labels

The labels at Coleridge Cottage had to be unobtrusive while still telling the story of the property

Further resources: labels

Online resources about writing museum text

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