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 […]

A guide to selecting a review methodology for collections rationalisation

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This guide provides information to support museums in reaching the Accreditation Standard section 2.2 Development Policy: ‘The museum must have an approved policy for developing collections (also known as an acquisition and disposal policy).’ It aims to support museums in considering and selecting appropriate methodologies to guide the rationalisation of their collections. It identifies the […]

Museum Accreditation Scheme Collections Development Policy template

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This template from Arts Council England provides a Development Policy framework, which sets out the principles, standards and legislation for responsible and ethical acquisition (and disposal) of collections. This resource has direct relevance to Accreditation requirement 2.2 Development Policy: ‘The museum must have an approved policy for developing collections (also known as an acquisition and disposal […]

Collections rationalisation

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This short animation from SHARE Museums East provides information and guidance on: What is Collections Rationalisation? Why would a museum want to do it? It is relevant to Accreditation requirement 2.2 Development Policy: ‘The museum must have an approved policy for developing collections (also known as an acquisition and disposal policy).’ Animation by TopBox Media […]

The legal and ethical status of museum collections: curatorially motivated disposals

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This resource relates to the Accreditation Standard 2.1 Satisfactory arrangement for the ownership of collections. ‘The museum must take responsibility for all the collections it manages. It must be able to provide information on the size of the collections and the proportion of the collections owned by and on loan to it. Any risks relating […]