chapter  7
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Storyline and text development

The storyline is a compound document that serves design and production by providing the framework upon which the educational content of the exhibition hangs-a written blueprint for the exhibition. It is too narrow to consider the storyline as simply a linear outline of the exhibition’s flow of information. Creating a storyline involves several elements. Each builds upon the preceding one. The storyline consists of: • a narrative document • an outline of the exhibition • a list of titles, sub-titles and text • a list of collection objects The process of storyline and text development begins at the point of origin for an exhibition idea. The conception of an idea carries with it an assumption that the conceiver has a notion, vaguely perhaps, of what the exhibition is to contain and what it is about. As with most museum activities, objects are usually central to the development of ideas. While it is possible that an idea might arise that is not founded on collections, it is unlikely that it will entirely neglect some point toward which the exhibition will be aimed. At the beginning of an exhibition idea comes the need to determine how to communicate its message: the interpretive strategy. This is the start of the storyline process.