Getting your house in order – documentation histories and manuals

February 21, 2024 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Are your in-house instructions in a clear and useable format? Have you recorded key information about historic cataloguing systems, old numbering systems and policies? This session will firstly explore how to develop or review your procedures manual. We will also look at how to gather and record information about the history of your documentation systems, and the potential benefits of this information.


We will explore this topic using elements from the Collections biography toolkit developed by Museum Development Yorkshire, alongside Collections Trust’s guidance about developing procedures manuals:



Before the session:

·      Think about how you do things in your museum, referring to any written information about your museum’s current and previous documentation systems. You might also find it useful to have this with you to refer to during the session.


By the end of the session, you will:

·      Understand the importance of a procedures manual and how to produce one.

·      Understand the benefits of capturing the history of your museum’s documentation systems.

·      Understand the types of information you can include in a documentation history and how to identify sources of information.

·      Begin to think about how your organisation might approach capturing and recording this history.


Please check that you have a working microphone, for discussions.

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