London, United Kingdom

Cultural Treasures of London: A Journey Through Time

when 30 June 2024 - 21 July 2024
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2415

Through visits to ten of London’s most important institutions, this module will examine the development of how institutions curate culture from Renaissance ‘cabinets of curiosities’ to the modern ‘white cube’ gallery space. The module will equip students with the historical, theoretical, and practical knowledge necessary for studying culture through institutional collections. The class will analyse the techniques and practices museums use to collect, organise, and display their objects; we will consider the messages these institutions send through their architecture, patronage, and methods of display; and we will delve into some of the most important issues affecting cultural institutions today like decolonisation, repatriation, and social impact. Aside from the introductory class, the module will take place off campus, with seminar groups visiting a different institution in each meeting.

Course leader

Dr Chloe Ward

Target group


Course aim

• To introduce students to London’s museum collections.
• To present a critical overview of the key theories, approaches, and debates relevant to museums, their collections, and their displays.
• To provide opportunities for students to apply and examine these theories, approaches, and debates during class sessions in a variety of museum spaces.

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS
You will study one course per Queen Mary Summer School session. Each course is worth 15 Queen Mary credits.

Usually, the 15 credits we award for each three-week Queen Mary Summer School session translate to 3–4 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system.

Your home institution should confirm if they will grant credit for Summer School courses. Whilst we will do everything we can to support you throughout the Summer School application process, it's your responsibility to check with your home institution if you can transfer credit from the Summer School prior to arriving at Queen Mary.

Fee info

GBP 2415: The Queen Mary Summer School costs: £2,415 per session.
We are offering a 10% early bird discount for those who apply before 31 March 2024.
From 31 March onwards we will offer a 10% discount to:
• Students and staff from partner institutions
• Alumni
• Current Queen Mary students
On campus accommodation will cost approximately £964 per session.
Additional costs and course excursions
Please note that some courses have some additional fees not included in the tuition fee. These fees are for activities and field trips that may take place away from our campus. We will give further details of these costs in due course.
Please note there is no deposit payment required for the Queen Mary Summer School.


There are no scholarships for this course.

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