The title has been written by Margaret Harrison, a well respected museums consultant with more than 20 years experience whose particular specialism is museum documentation, and Gordon McKenna, Projects and Programmes Manager at the Collections Trust.
Its content has been drawn from Spectrum, the standard for collections management, which is published by the Collections Trust. Spectrum is an internationally recognized standard, which meets the requirements of the Arts Council England’s Museum Accreditation Standard. Spectrum is also reflected in the British Standards Institute Publicly Available Specification 197: Code of Practice for Cultural Collection Management.
The title is written in eleven parts: Introduction; Object entry; Acquisition; Borrowing and lending; Cataloguing; Location and movement control; Object entry; Managing a documentation system; Retrospective documentation; Writing a documentation plan; and Support collections.