Firearms and the law

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This resource is a simple, useful guide for museums who have firearms in their collections, prepared for the Collections Trust by staff at the Imperial War Museum. The guidance covers firearms as a whole, shotguns (which have a different legal status) and prohibited weapons and outlines advice on the transportation of firearms. Clicking the link on this […]

Preservation of records: Disaster plan

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This template from the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland highlights the key aspects of disaster prevention; preparedness; reaction; recovery and salvage. It discusses security, flooding, storage, fire, information services and microfilming and photocopying, with a prevention continuity checklist. This resource identifies the individual roles and responsibilities of various staff assigned to disaster prevention and […]

Guidance for exhibiting archive and library materials

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The exhibition of archive and library materials has the potential to damage documents and can even lead to loss if security measures are inadequate. Custodians of holdings should be aware of the risks involved from exposure to inappropriate environmental conditions, unsafe support methods and inadequate security provision and strive to maximise the safety of items […]

Security in museums, archives and libraries: a practical guide

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This guide outlines security guidance and operational procedures in museums, archives and libraries, including information on security staffing, government indemnity, criminal activity, alarms, fires and bombs. It is relevant to Accreditation requirement 2.8 Expert assessment of security arrangements: ‘The museum must obtain expert security advice for stored and exhibited collections at least every five years, and […]

Further advice about security

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The Accreditation Standard requires that you “obtain expert advice for stored and exhibited collections at least every five years, and earlier if needed”, “and plan to act on that advice over time”. There are many sources of external expert advice, however in order to get the most from external sources it is important that you […]

Security specification for emergency exits

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This resource outlines the minimum standard for the specification of emergency exits. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections. The Guide to Physical Security Standards for Buildings maps a range of physical security standards against a scale of […]

Security specification for glass and frames

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This resource outlines the minimum standard for the specification of glass and frames. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections. The Guide to Physical Security Standards for Buildings maps a range of physical security standards against a scale […]

Security specification for wall and roof space cladding

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This resource outlines the minimum standard for the specification of wall and roof space cladding. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections. The Guide to Physical Security Standards for Buildings maps a range of physical security standards against […]

Security specification for strengthening wooden shutters

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This resource outlines the minimum standard for the specification of strengthened wooden shutters. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections. The Guide to Physical Security Standards for Buildings maps a range of physical security standards against a scale of […]

Security specification for solid core doors

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This resource outlines the minimum standard for the specification of solid core doors. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections. The Guide to Physical Security Standards for Buildings maps a range of physical security standards against a scale […]

Security specification for padlocks

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This resource outlines the minimum standard for the specification of padlocks. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections. The Guide to Physical Security Standards for Buildings maps a range of physical security standards against a scale of risk ranging […]

Security specification for metal lining of doors

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This resource outline the minimum standard for the specification of the metal lining of doors. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections. The Guide to Physical Security Standards for Buildings maps a range of physical security […]

Security specification for internal window grilles

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This resource outlines the minimum standard for the specification of internal window grilles. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections. The Guide to Physical Security Standards for Buildings maps a range of physical security standards against a scale of […]

Security specification for internal window bars

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This resource outlines the minimum standard for the specification of internal window bars. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections. The Guide to Physical Security Standards for Buildings maps a range of physical security standards against a scale of […]

Security specification for fixed plywood window screens

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This resource outlines the minimum standard for the specification of fixed plywood window screens. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections. The Guide to Physical Security Standards for Buildings maps a range of physical security standards against a scale […]

Security specification for external scaffolding

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This resource outlines the minimum standard for the specification of external scaffolding. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections. The Guide to Physical Security Standards for Buildings maps a range of physical security standards against a scale of […]

Security specification for decorative wrought iron grilles

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This resource outlines the minimum standard for the specification of wrought iron grilles. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections. The Guide to Physical Security Standards for Buildings maps a range of physical security standards against a scale […]

Security specification for attack resistant display cases

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This resource outlines the minimum standard for the specification of attack resistant display cases. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections. The Guide to Physical Security Standards for Buildings maps a range of physical security standards […]

Security in museums: a specifiers' guide to display cases

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This practical guide outlines procedures for specifying museum display cases with particular reference to security. This resource will help you with Museum Accreditation requirement 2.8: Expert Assessment of security arrangements. This requirement states that a ‘museum must obtain expert security advice for stored and exhibited collections at least every five years, and earlier if needed. […]

Security advice for architects and planners

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This practical guide gives advice for architects and planners in the design of buildings which house museum collections, with particular reference to the security of the collections. This resource will help you with Museum Accreditation requirement 2.8: Expert Assessment of security arrangements. This requirement states that a ‘museum must obtain expert security advice for stored […]

Security and working with contractors

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This practical guide outlines how to maintain the security of museum collections while working with contractors. This resource will help you with Museum Accreditation requirement 2.8: Expert Assessment of security arrangements. This requirement states that a ‘museum must obtain expert security advice for stored and exhibited collections at least every five years, and earlier if […]

Security and responding to alarms

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This practical guide outlines procedures for responding to the activation of fire and intruder alarms in museums. This resource will help you with Museum Accreditation requirement 2.8: Expert Assessment of security arrangements. This requirement states that a ‘museum must obtain expert security advice for stored and exhibited collections at least every five years, and earlier […]

Reporting and recording security incidents

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This practical guide outlines procedures for reporting and recording security incidents in museums and galleries. This resource will help you with Museum Accreditation requirement 2.8: Expert Assessment of security arrangements. This requirement states that a ‘museum must obtain expert security advice for stored and exhibited collections at least every five years, and earlier if needed. It […]

Key security in museums

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This short practical guide explores key security in museums and galleries. This resource will help you with Museum Accreditation requirement 2.8: Expert Assessment of security arrangements. This requirement states that a ‘museum must obtain expert security advice for stored and exhibited collections at least every five years, and earlier if needed. It must plan to act […]

Security and fire prevention

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This practical guide outlines procedures for the prevention of fire in museum buildings, with particular reference to the protection of museum collections. This resource will help you with Museum Accreditation requirement 2.8: Expert Assessment of security arrangements. This requirement states that a ‘museum must obtain expert security advice for stored and exhibited collections at least every […]

Museum security: fire and intruder alarm systems

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This practical guide outlines the use of fire and intruder alarms in museums, with particular reference to collections. This resource will help you with Museum Accreditation requirement 2.8: Expert Assessment of security arrangements. This requirement states that a ‘museum must obtain expert security advice for stored and exhibited collections at least every five years, and […]

Museum security and CCTV systems

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This practical guide outlines the use of CCTV in museums. This resource will help you with Museum Accreditation requirement 2.8: Expert Assessment of security arrangements. This requirement states that a ‘museum must obtain expert security advice for stored and exhibited collections at least every five years, and earlier if needed. It must plan to act […]

Security of buildings and perimeters

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This brief guide outlines procedures for securing buildings and perimeters to prevent loss and damage to collections. This resource will help you with Museum Accreditation requirement 2.8: Expert Assessment of security arrangements. This requirement states that a ‘museum must obtain expert security advice for stored and exhibited collections at least every five years, and earlier […]

Security and access to collections

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This resource is a practical guide to preventing loss and damage to collections which may be incurred through providing access. This resource will help you with Museum Accreditation requirement 2.8: Expert Assessment of security arrangements. This requirement states that a ‘museum must obtain expert security advice for stored and exhibited collections at least every five […]

Threats to museum collections

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This brief introduction to threats to museum collections places particular emphasis on some of the reasons for theft. This fact sheet is drawn from presentations at the security seminars funded by Arts Council England and hosted by the Collections Trust in 2012/2013, as part of the Building Capacity in Museum Security project. This resource will […]

The Security Audit

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This is a guide to carrying out a Security Audit of your measures protecting your collections against fire, theft, flood and damage. It contains a Security Checklist, which can be used as an aid to a Security Audit. The checklist is a series of questions which prompt you to check and record the findings from […]

The Museum Security Toolkit

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The Museum Security Toolkit supports museums to maintain and improve the security of their collections against theft, fire and flood. It has been developed for museums and other heritage facilities as a result of the Collections Trust project Building Capacity for Museum Security which was funded by Arts Council England. The Toolkit provides a rationale […]

Theft Act 1968

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‘A person is guilty of theft if he dishonestly appropriates property belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving the other of it.’ Thefts from museums may be from: The collections Visitors – pickpockets and bag snatchers Display counters and shops Stores and equipment There are more serious forms of theft: Robbery – where […]

Criminal Damage Act 1971

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‘A person who, without lawful excuse, destroys or damages any property belonging to another, intending to destroy or damage any such property or being reckless as to whether such property would be destroyed or damaged shall be guilty of an offence.’ In a museum context examples of criminal damage may be scratching initials on a […]

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Counter terrorism protective security advice for visitor attractions

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This resource is related to the Accreditation Standard 2.8 Expert Assessment of security arrangements, ‘The museum must obtain expert security advice for stored and exhibited collections at least every five years, and earlier if needed. It must plan to act on the advice over time.’ The document from the National Counter Terrorism Security Office provides […]