Natural History Dioramas

pp 243-250


Storytelling and Performance in Diorama Galleries

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This chapter is a practitioner based description of interaction between groups and individuals in front of and with room sized diorama at the Powell-Cotton Museum. Over the past five years performance and storytelling have been a method through which audiences are engaged through multiple intelligences. Different types of performance: Traditional storytelling, storytelling from the displays, and natural history storytelling are described along with the learning objectives that they are intended to elicit. This is very much storytelling with a purpose. The purpose can be many fold and adapted both to the intended messages and audiences.


Theatre Audience Interaction Interpretation Stories Artefacts Specimens