How to research a portrait or portrait collection toolkit

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This toolkit from Understanding British Portraits SSN is designed to assist researchers to compile accurate and reliable information about a portrait or collection of portraits. For example, the toolkit can assist researchers towards establishing the identity of the sitter (the person portrayed), the name of the artist who made the portrait, or the date it […]

Identifying plastics toolkit

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The identifying plastics toolkit consists of two parts: An online identification route map, which you can use with objects from your own collection. It will help you find your way through the myriad of decisions to be made when identifying the specific plastics material from which an object may be made. A travelling toolkit which is […]

Assessment of the Requirement for Persistent Identification of Objects, Collections and Institutions

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Produced as a deliverable of the EU-funded ATHENA project, this report provides an Assessment of the Requirement for Persistent Identification of Objects, Collections and Institutions. Persistent Identifiers are vital to services which depend on sharing information and content over the Web. Clicking the link on this page will allow you to download this resource as […]

Labelling and Marking Museum Objects booklet

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These guidelines on the labelling and marking of museum objects were developed by the Collections Trust with the help of Vivien Chapman at the National Conservation Centre, National Museums Liverpool (NML). A series of agreed good practice de facto standards have evolved for methods of applying labels and marks to museum objects.  The choice of […]

Spectrum Advice: Labelling and Marking Museum Objects

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This fact sheet provides updated guidance on Labelling and Marking objects in Spectrum 4.0. These guidelines were developed by Collections Trust with the help of Vivien Chapman at the National Conservation Centre, National Museums Liverpool (NML). Labelling and marking is part of the Spectrum procedure Acquisition, a Spectrum Primary Procedure, required to be in place for […]

MDA Codes

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What is an MDA Code? As part of its work with documentation standards the Collections Trust (and its predecessor body MDA) has, since the 1970s, been developing and maintaining a scheme which allows the identification of UK collection-holding organisations and their collections through “codes” which are unique to each organisation. An MDA Code is usually […]

Spectrum Advice: Re-numbering

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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 […]

Spectrum Advice: Numbering

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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 […]

Marking museum objects using the starch paste method

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Spectrum standards are linked directly to the Accreditation Standard. Labelling and marking is a part of the Acquisition procedure, which is a Spectrum Primary Procedure. In this short video (4:42) from SHARE Museums East, a conservator demonstrates the techniques for marking objects within your collection using the non-chemical starch paste method. This method is suitable […]

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002

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The ‘writing on the object’ marking technique involves the use of three substances (Paraloid B67 20% in white spirit; Paraloid B72 20% in acetone; Acetone) which if used incorrectly are potentially hazardous. Under Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Legislation, it is the responsibility of each museum to carry out an assessment, and to […]