Promoting Designated collections

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The Designation Scheme identifies the pre-eminent collections of national and international importance held in England’s non-national museums, libraries and archives, based on their quality and significance. These inspiring collections represent a vital part of our national cultural and artistic heritage. This guide, created by Arts Council England, aims to help you promote your Designated collections. […]

Designation Scheme information

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Arts Council England’s Designation Scheme identifies and celebrates outstanding collections, which deepen our understanding of the world and what it means to be human. Since 1997 the Designation Scheme has identified the best collections held in museums, libraries and archives across England. The founding aims were to raise the profile of these vital collections and encourage everyone […]

Revisiting Archives Collections toolkit

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Revisiting Collections, an innovative methodology developed by MLA and Collections Trust, supports museums and archive services to open up their collections for scrutiny by community groups and external reports and to build and share a new understanding of the multi-layered meaning and significance of objects and records. This toolkit outlines guidance for capturing and sharing multiple perspectives […]

UCL Collections review toolkit

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This toolkit has been put together as a practical guide to help you review your museum collection. It documents the Collections Review process carried out by UCL Museums & Collections from 2007 to 2009, and contains instructions and tips on how to adapt our method for use at your own collection. It is important to […]

Preparing funding applications for preservation and conservation projects

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Competition for funding has never been greater with the result that funders are looking for excellence in projects and well-crafted, compelling applications. The guidance offered here is designed to help you make the most of the opportunities available to support the preservation and conservation of library and archive collections and to develop excellent applications for […]

Screen Heritage UK Moving Image Collection Assessment Toolkit

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This toolkit is based on the Reviewing Significance Framework and offers two complementary processes, Significance Assessment and Collections Review, which will assist all holders of moving image material to care for and use their collections better. The toolkit was commissioned by London’s Screen Archives: The regional network and delivered by heritage and museum consultant Caroline Reed […]

Reviewing Significance 2.0

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Developed by Museum and Heritage Consultant Caroline Reed, Reviewing Significance 2.0 is an updated version of the Reviewing Significance framework published by Renaissance East Midlands (REM) in 2010. Since writing the original framework, Caroline has used it to underpin a Museums Association Effective Collections project and led on the development of a parallel model for […]

Disposing of objects you may not own

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This fact sheet offers advice for museums who are faced with having to dispose of objects that do not belong to them or whose ownership is uncertain. In these cases there are additional issues of legal and ethical obligation and public relations management to consider that may not be covered by guidance around disposing of objects that form […]

Writing effective grant proposals for Collections projects

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In a time of economic pressure and increased competition for funding, it is more important than ever that collections professionals are able to create compelling and successful grant proposals. The Collections Trust has led grant proposals worth more than £15m since 2008, and our staff are regularly invited to work with funders as assessors and […]

Revisiting Museum Collections

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Revisiting Museum Collections, developed in 2006, supports museums and archives to open up their collections for reinterpretation and knowledge capture by community groups and external experts to build and share a new understanding of the multi-layered meaning and significance of objects and records. Revisiting Museum Collections aims to capture and permanently associate this newly acquired […]