Collections Trust Award 2017

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The Collections Trust Award recognises the often-unsung achievements of those who manage the collections that lie at the heart of all museums. This year, for the first time, that well-deserved recognition comes with a cash award of £2,000 for the winning museum. The theme of the 2017 Collections Trust Award is the same as our conference: pulling together. […]

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A warm welcome to our new trustees

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Six new trustees have been appointed to the Collections Trust board. The appointments build on the digital expertise and political advocacy of the existing board, as well as maintaining links with the National Museum Directors’ Council. Two early-career professionals will bring to board meetings the perspective of our users working day-to-day in collections management. The […]

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We have moved!

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The Collections Trust team has followed in the (very big) footsteps of Dippy the dinosaur and left our old home at the Natural History Museum. Collections Trust has moved to new offices at Rich Mix. We are currently sorting out our phones, so please bear with us while we get the office up and running smoothly […]

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The Holy Grail and other unaccessioned objects

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In an excerpt from her blog post, Ruth Burwood, Museum Development Project Officer for Collections for SHARE Museums East, reflects on the highs and lows of collections review and rationalisation, and shares some top tips.  I once had a dream that I was in a museum store auditing a box of men’s collars.  The brown […]

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SPECTRUM 5.0 consultation deadline extended to end of May

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We have been asked to extend the SPECTRUM 5.0 consultation period, and have put back the deadline for feedback to the end of May. The consultation is now open until Wednesday 31May 2017, and we plan to publish the final version in the summer. With the help of a number of working groups that have […]

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Paintings in Hospitals - using art to inspire better health and wellbeing

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The guest blog this week comes from Amisha Karia, Head of Collections & Programming at Paintings in Hospitals. Amisha describes the background to the inspiring Paintings in Hospitals collection and the practicalities and challenges of working with a collection that is frequently on display in environments often quite different to that of a museum or gallery. […]

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Discussing disposal

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Guest blogger this week is Jenny Durrant. Jenny is a PhD researcher in Museum Studies, University of Leicester (funded by an AHRC Midlands3Citites studentship), and Assistant Curator at Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter (RAMM). She leads a disposals process at RAMM and is involved in dialogue and training at a regional and national level. Her […]

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A year of Collections Trust outreach

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As we approach the end of the first year of delivery, Sarah Brown, Outreach Officer here at Collections Trust, reflects on the programme of events she has been working on. To see all of Sarah’s future events and find something near you, visit our What’s on listing.     Our Arts Council England funded outreach […]

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Making audiences the focus of online collections

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This week, Katie Moffat, Head of Digital at The Audience Agency, is our guest blogger.  Katie looks at some inspiring initiatives and research museums around the world are undertaking to give different audiences what they want when they engage with collections online. The Audience Agency helps museums and other organisations understand the motivation of their audiences to […]

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Digital condition reporting: Articheck at the Portland Art Museum

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This week, we have a guest blog post from Annika Erikson, Founder & CEO of Articheck, who spoke at the Collections Trust’s conference in September. Annika interviews Amanda Kohn from the Portland Art Museum in the US about their use of Articheck to make digital condition reports for exhibitions and loans. You can email Annika@articheck.com if […]

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Contemporary collecting: what’s new?

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Our post this week comes from guest blogger Ellie Miles, Contemporary Collecting Curator at the London Transport Museum.  Back in March 2016 London Transport Museum hosted a symposium to discuss the history of contemporary collecting. With so many interesting contemporary collecting projects taking place it was a good opportunity to reflect on some of these, and examine […]

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Welcome to our new website

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Welcome to the new Collections Trust website. We hope you will find it easier to find the resources you are looking for, and are a little clearer about who we are and what we do. The previous site had built up thousands of pages, many of which were quite out-of-date. Over the past year we […]

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Training times with our DAMS

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Guest blogger Kevin Bacon continues his series tracking the upgrade of the digital asset management system for the Royal Pavilion & Museums (RPM), Brighton & Hove. The work is taking place as the museums consider moving to charitable trust and in response to changes in the way they do business. We welcome your comments and […]

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