Spectrum Advice: Cataloguing

This Spectrum Advice fact sheet explores how the Cataloguing procedure might work in your museum, and is aligned to the requirements of the Accreditation Scheme for Museums and Galleries in the UK.

Cataloguing is a Spectrum Primary Procedure, which means that it is an essential component of a workable and efficient museum Documentation System. Find out more about the Spectrum Standard.


  • What is the Spectrum Cataloguing Procedure?
  • The Cataloguing Procedure and Accreditation
  • Why is the Cataloguing procedure important?
  • When is the Cataloguing Procedure carried out?
  • What form should Cataloguing records take?
  • What happens during the Cataloguing Procedure?
  • Glossary

This fact sheet was revised in 2015 to support the UK Accreditation Standard with funding from Arts Council England.

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Date created: 2015