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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 making recommendations and implementing decisions following a collections review, for example finding new uses for objects, deaccession and disposal procedures, due diligence and risk management.
Delegates will be encouraged to participate through discussions and activities, and there will be plenty of opportunity for questions throughout.
This is the second of two sessions on review and rationalisation – the first will introduce the principles involved in collecting information about your collection in order to make informed decisions. There will be a brief recap for those unable to attend Session 1, as well as pre-session reading provided in advance.
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. Those who have undertaken a recent collections review and looking for support on the next steps.
Max. 20 delegates
What will you learn?
The benefits of collections rationalisation and review
Analysing data for effective decision making
Ethical and legal considerations of deaccession and disposal
Applying the SPECTRUM deaccession and disposal procedure
Due diligence and risk management
How does this session relate to Arts Council England’s Accreditation Standard?
The course supports the following requirements of the Accreditation Standard:
Regulatory Environment: compliance with all relevant legal and ethical requirements & 2.2 An approved policy for developing collections, including priorities for disposal – disposing of objects that were given in trust or purchased with public funds is closely regulated. A thorough understanding or the issues and a strategy to ensure compliance will ensure you don’t fall foul of the law or public opinion and your museum maintains its Accreditation status.
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.