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Dr Pete McCann, retired president of the American Philatelic Society gave a talk at Stampex on the judging criteria for postal history exhibits, focussing on Treatment and mistakes to avoid.
First of all Dr McCann highlighted the importance of defining Treatment. Treatment is how you tell the story of your exhibit by showcasing your material, what you know about it and explaining what the subject is all about. Crucially Treatment is the aspect of your exhibit that you have the most control over.
The title page was highlighted as being of vital importance in setting out a storyline for your exhibition, featuring headings and subheadings. On the title page the purpose and scope (start and end dates/geographic area/ jurisdiction/social or historical context) should be set out clearly. Vitally the development of the rest of the exhibition should not stray from the boundaries of the scope.
He also showed how there should be a primary focus for the exhibition whether that be routes, rates or markings and it is essential to be consistent with that focus throughout. If you want to create a hybrid exhibition, there should still be one main focus e.g. routes and the other e.g. rates should be secondary.
Some major mistakes to avoid with exhibitions:
Watch the full live talk HERE
Image from Mark Bloxham