Collections Review and Rationalisation
Collections rationalisation and review 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 introduce different methodologies and frameworks, and information on planning a collections review. We will also look at the ethical and legal considerations of deaccession and disposal, as a potential outcome of rationalisation.
Over the past year, Collections Trust have been working on a revised version of the Spectrum collections management standard, Spectrum 5.0. This edition contains a new procedure for Collections Review, which will be introduced during this session.
Delegates will be encouraged to participate through discussions and activities, and there will be plenty of opportunity for questions throughout.
We will also be joined by Anita Spencer, who will discuss the programme of collections rationalisation at Bakewell Museum. During the lunch break, there will be an opportunity to visit Bakewell Museum stores.
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.
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
- Tools and resources available to support the rationalisation procedure
- An introduction to the Spectrum 5.0 Collections Review procedure
- An introduction to procedures such as Deaccession and Disposal
- Ethical and legal considerations of deaccession and disposal
This session will be led by Sarah Brown, Outreach Officer for Collections Trust. Sarah joined Collections Trust in May 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 each year, developed in collaboration with the ACE Museum Development teams. The programme is varied, with themes and delivery approach responding to local needs, ranging from digitisation and copyright to documentation planning and backlogs.
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