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Catalogue (N)

A predetermined and systematically organized filing structure or database. 

Also a verb: to catalogue, to enter an item into a database.

Collection (N)

A group of accumulated paintings, documents, or artefacts, grouped together by a particular theme.

Collection Manager (N)

A Collection Manager (in some museums known as the registrar) is responsible for the the care, inventory, and maintenance of the museum object collection.

Depending upon the museum set up, collection managers may also be in charge of exhibit design and installation of museum objects.

from: https://lucidea.com/museums/the-museums-and-collections-management-primer/

Conceptual Phase (N)

New exhibition projects typically begin with a conceptual phase in which a subject and a visitor target group are selected.

It is common to make use of a front-end analysis to generate subject candidates. In such an analysis, previous projects are assessed and demographic data of the visitor population is acquired.

It is also common to assess the kinds of knowledge the target group have of the chosen subject, their interests and priorities, or to attempt to find ways to attract visitors from community groups that seldom visit museums.

After the production team has generated a number of ideas, available resources for completing the project are assessed, together with the appropriation of a suitable time slot in the exhibition schedule.

Source: http://cid.nada.kth.se/pdf/258.pdf


Conservators are the caretakers of objects. They are specialists, trained in the preservation and restoration of artifacts. Their tasks: to repair damage and to mitigate object deterioration, in an effort to preserve the object as long as possible and make it stable enough for display.

from: https://lucidea.com/museums/the-museums-and-collections-management-primer/

Conserve (V)

To treat a work so to prevent it from deteriorating.

The noun: conservation.


"Copyright is the right to copy and publish a particular work.

The terms "copy" and "publish" are quite broad. They include copying in electronic form, the making of translated versions, the creation of a television program based on the work, and putting the work on the Internet.

A work is protected by copyright if it is a literary or artistic work. This general expression covers almost all products of creative and original effort.


All countries within the European Union are signatory states of the Berne Convention. Additionally, Copyright in the European Union is regulated through European Directives. The member states of the European Union have, following a directive, increased the term to life of the author and 70 years after their death."

From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries%27_copyright_lengths

Critical Disability Studies

Critical Disability Studies focuses on how disability is constructed, viewed, and understood culturally, politically, economically, and socially.

People with disabilities are centered and their experiences in the world create the context for discussion.

Emerging approximately 30 years ago, Critical Disability Studies uses a critical lens similar to fields such as Gender Studies, Chicano Studies, and Queer Studies to interrogate truths and uncover subjugated knowledge.

source: Texas Center for Disability Studies

Cultural Appropriation (N)

Appropriation refers to taking something that doesn't belong to you or your culture. In the case of cultural appropriation, it is an exchange that happens when a dominant group takes or "borrows" something from a minority group that has historically been exploited or oppressed.

In this sense, appropriation involves a lack of understanding of or appreciation for the historical context that influences what is being taken.

source: https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-cultural-appropriation-5070458

Cultural appropriation of Sign Language

Cultural appropriation of Sign Language could be defined as a situation in which a person or group of hearing people use Sign Language without having full knowledge of it or without fully appreciating it.
Interview on cultural appropriation of Sign Language in the program See Hear from the British television channel BBC with Paddy Ladd, a prestigious academic and researcher at the University of Bristol, and Jephta Asamoah, winner of the Student of the Year Award in the United Kingdom in 2018 (English subtitles).

Cultural Model of Deafness

"This term focuses on the shared experiences, histories and, more importantly, the central role that sign language has within the Deaf community. It is this key characteristic that differentiates Deaf and “hearing” people. In the Deaf community we see the two separate cultures as the “hearing world” and “Deaf community”.

The Deaf community is international. What binds Deaf people, despite their different national sign languages, is their shared visual communication, history, cultural activities, and the need for a Deaf “space” where people come together.

The Deaf Cultural Model rejects the “medical definition of deafness” as either a loss or impairment. This is comparable with the Social Model of disability and Disabled people’s rejection of the Medical Model.  Where the Deaf community sometimes depart from the Social Model is around the term “impairment”. For the majority of culturally Deaf people there is no “impairment nor hearing loss”. What makes the British Sign Language (BSL) Deaf community unique has been its campaign to be recognised as a linguistic minority. For the BSL Deaf community the capital “D” is used in a political sense to demonstrate their campaign for cultural and linguistic recognition.

For many members of the Deaf community their shared history is both personal and social. Deaf people will have gone to the same school, in many cases boarding schools where most of their younger lives will have been spent together, and then met again at their Deaf clubs, Deaf social events, reunions and other more personal events.

One of the first things a Deaf person will often ask on meeting, before asking your name, is what school or Deaf club you go to. Making this connection is an important part of any greeting, as it will then help an individual to understand what shared history or people in common you may have."

Source: https://www.inclusionlondon.org.uk/disability-in-london/cultural-model-of-deafness/the-cultural-model-of-deafness/

Curator (N)

A person who oversees and manages a museum and its collections.

Curators are subject matter experts in an area that fits the museum’s object collection. A curator’s primary focus is the crafting of exhibit themes and narratives. They also contribute to subject-area research, object cataloging, and publications.