Documentation backlogs

Many museums do not have a sufficient inventory of their collections, leaving themselves open to security risks and uncertain ownership, and struggle to understand the minimum information required when tackling their backlogs.

During 2017 the team at Collections Trust developed an updated version of the Spectrum standard, following extensive consultation from the museum sector. The improved Inventory procedure in Spectrum 5.0 has been developed to help museums identify and resolve their backlogs, making the requirements for Accreditation much clearer. In this workshop, we will explore the minimum level of inventory information needed for each object (or group of objects), to ensure accountability. This minimum information also helps museums mitigate risks including security, ethical and legal risks. We will also explore other key changes to the Spectrum standard, including effective Documentation Planning.

Book here (clicking the link on this page will take you to an external site).

This workshop will be delivered through our Arts Council England funded Outreach Programme, in collaboration with the Museum Development Network.