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About the Day
Collections rationalisation enables a museum to improve its understanding of a collection so that the collection can be used more effectively. This session will explore the benefits of collection reviews and rationalisation, to both the museum and visitors. The session will also introduce different methodologies and frameworks, and approaches to planning a collections review.
Delegates will be encouraged to participate through discussions and activities, and there will be plenty of opportunity for questions throughout.
This is the first of two sessions on review and rationalisation - it will introduce the principles involved in collecting information about your collection in order to make informed decisions. The second session will explore in more detail next steps, such as deaccession and disposal procedures and paperwork.
There will also be an opportunity for attendees to feedback to Collections Trust on a possible new SPECTRUM Collections Review procedure.
Who should attend?
Museum staff and volunteers involved in collections management; particularly those involved in planning and/or delivering a programme of collections review and rationalisation.
Max. 20 delegates
What will you learn?
The benefits of collections rationalisation and review
Main issues for museums to consider when approaching review and rationalisation
The planning process
Choosing and developing a review framework and methodology
An introduction to procedures such as deaccession and disposal
Tools and resources available to support the rationalisation procedure
How does this session relate to Arts Council England’s Accreditation Standard?
The course supports the following requirements of the Accreditation Standard:
2.2 An approved policy for developing collections, including an overview of current collections, future collecting and priorities for disposal. Having a consistent, objective and robust methodology for reviewing collections is the cornerstone of an active and effective Collections Development Policy that will ensure your museum continues to fulfil its Statement of Purpose.
This session will be led by Sarah Brown, Outreach Officer for Collections Trust. Sarah joined Collections Trust in late April 2016. Originally training as a conservator, Sarah has worked in a variety of collections management and care roles across the UK, including National Museums Scotland and Powell-Cotton Museum in Kent.
As part of Collections Trust’s Arts Council England funded Activity Plan, Sarah will be delivering around 100 events across the English regions, developed in collaboration with the ACE Museum Development teams. The programme will be varied, with themes and delivery approach responding to local needs, ranging from digitisation to documentation planning and backlogs.