Collections Trust supplies registers which are used by museum practitioners worldwide to manage museum collections. Accession registers support the Spectrum Acquisition procedure (a Spectrum Primary Procedure). They are used to create a permanent record of accessions to the museum’s long term collections. You can buy these in our online shop. An accession register is the permanent record […]
This policy is designed to create a uniform region-wide approach to the preparation and deposition of archaeological archives. The document has been developed in partnership with museums throughout the Yorkshire and Humber region, local government archaeological officers, English Heritage, the University of York and a number of field archaeological units. It is the sector’s response […]
This checklist will help you follow up lines of enquiry to establish the ownership and history of the object you are acquiring. It is a useful checklist for both cultural heritage and commercial organisations. Clicking the link on this page will allow you to download this resource as a DOCX file.
A Spectrum Advice fact sheet outlining the process of bulk accessioning and how to apply it to different collections. Contents 1. What is bulk accessioning? 2. PAS 197, Spectrum 4.0 and the Museum Accreditation Scheme 3. Why is bulk accessioning important? 4. How to bulk accession 5. Bulk accessioning and cataloguing 6. Bulk accessioning and different […]
This Spectrum Advice fact sheet explores re-numbering, suggests why it is a poor use of resources, and gives some examples of numbering problems and their solutions. It also places numbering and re-numbering in the context of the requirements of the Accreditation Scheme for Museums and Galleries in the UK. Contents Introduction PAS 197, Spectrum 4.0 […]
The Acquisition procedure involves documenting and managing the addition of objects and associated information to the collections of the organisation and their possible accession to the permanent collections. It ensures the completion of transfer of title to the museum, and links the new acquisition into the Museums Documentation System. It a requirement of Accreditation that […]
There are several commonly used formats for museum numbering systems. This Spectrum Advice fact sheet gives guidance on numbering your collection, on different types and formats and a summary of commonly occurring issues surrounding numbering. Contents 1. What is meant by ‘numbering’? 2. PAS 197, Spectrum 4.0 and the Museum Accreditation Scheme 3. Why is […]
The Object entry procedure begins whenever an object enters the museum, or is collected to bring to the museum. Making sure that the Object entry procedure works well in your museum will ensure that you are able to account for all objects entering your museum – this includes objects which are being considered as donations […]
The pre-entry procedure is the management and documentation of the assessment of potential acquisitions before their arrival at the organisation. Clicking the link on this page will allow you to download this resource as a PDF.
This Spectrum Advice fact sheet explores how the Spectrum Acquisition procedure might work in your museum, and is aligned to the requirements of the Accreditation Scheme for Museums and Galleries in the UK. Acquisition is a Spectrum Primary Procedure, which means that it is an essential component of a workable and efficient museum Documentation System. […]