Writing Text for Museum Exhibits

March 24 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Writing Text for Museum Exhibits

Course Overview: Participants in this workshop will explore what makes good exhibit text and how to produce it. Working with Heritage Services staff, you will:

  • Discuss types of public-facing museum text, the types of museums in which they are found and how text is used in different kinds of museums;
  • Work through examples of museum text, evaluating strengths and weaknesses;
  • Review guidelines and principles for museum text, including word count, sentence and paragraph length, grammar, vocabulary and readability; and
  • both individually and in groups, practice writing and critiquing exhibit text.


Course Outline:

Courses are held on Saturdays, beginning at 9am and finishing at 4pm. There will be a one-hour break for lunch. Instructors and TAs will be available for questions and discussion following the completion of the course. Students will complete a written evaluation at the end of the course. All materials are included.


All workshops are located at Halton Region Heritage Services’ offices, (inside Kelso Conservation Area. Follow the signs to Halton Region Heritage Services) 5181 Kelso Road, off Tremaine Rd, Milton, ON. No charge for parking.



Pre-registration is required. To register for a workshop, please contact Meredith Leonard, Education and Community Coordinator at meredith.leonard@halton.ca or 905.825.6000 ext. 3440. If registering by email, please provide your name, institution, which course(s) you would like to register for and your contact information. Registration will operate on a first-come, first served basis. We are only able to offer this workshop series once in 2018, although if demand warrants, a second installment of the writing workshop may be offered.


Fee & Payment:

*We are happy to offer the 2018 Weekend Workshop series at no cost to participants*

Workshop registration is strictly limited. Due to the limited number of spots available, registered participants who are unable to attend a session are required to provide at least 10 days-notice of cancellation to meredith.leonard@halton.ca or 905.825.6000 ext. 3440.


Halton Region Heritage Services
5181 Kelso Road


905 825 6000 ex 3440
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