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Object Study Room Orientation & Guidelines

Orientation and Guidelines for Instructors

You may either begin by filling out the University Class Visit Form for your preferred dates, or by emailing the Coordinator of Academic Programs, Lindsey Jo Wainwright at lwainwri@utk.edu, to explore the collections and connections to your curriculum. Lindsey will work with you to choose the objects to have available for your class.

The Object Study Room can accommodate only one class at a time, so schedule your visit as early as possible. Due to the logistics of using objects from storage, visits to the object storage room should be scheduled at least four weeks in advance. Since the space is small and can accommodate up to sixteen people, we do suggest that larger classes be split into smaller groups. While one group views works in the Object Study Room, the other(s) can work with objects on display in the galleries. Smaller groups also allow for richer discussions about the objects on display.

We are eager to collaborate with you on all class visits. While many instructors prefer to lead their class discussions in the galleries and study room, we are happy to develop the content for the visit with you and contribute our expertise in using objects in university class sessions. We ask that you review the Guidelines for Students below with your class before your museum visit, so that they are well prepared to encounter the objects and are aware of all procedures of working closely with the collections.

Orientation and Guidelines for Students

The Object Study Room offers an intimate environment in which to study original works of art and artifacts. We want this to be a special and meaningful experience for you, and at the same time insure that the objects displayed are not damaged and will be available for future classes to use. To insure the safety of the collections, we ask that you follow our own procedures designed to protect the collection:

  • Pencils only—no pens, ink, or markers are allowed in the study room. Do not bring newspaper into the study room, as the ink can be easily transferred to the objects and tables that hold them.
  • No food or liquid of any kind is allowed in the study room when objects from the collection are present. This includes gum and cough drops.
  • Do not touch the objects unless explicitly invited to do so by museum staff. Please do look very closely and take advantage of the proximity to the objects permitted by the context of the study room.
  • During your visit, leave all bulky items in the Academic Programs office, located through the door at the back of the study room. This includes backpacks, coats, umbrellas, etc. You may want to bring a notebook or tablet to make notes.
  • Sneeze and cough away from the objects.
  • Be aware of your body while near objects—be especially careful that you do not back into the tables holding objects, or brush against prints and paintings displayed along the walls.

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