Collections Trust’s board members are directors of the company and also trustees of the charity. The board meets quarterly. In addition, an audit committee comprising a sub-group of trustees with an external chair meets twice a year to monitor and review all aspects of the organisation’s financial management. Camilla Hampshire (Chair) Camilla is Museums Manager […]
In this guest blog, Professor Sharon Macdonald and Dr Jennie Morgan from the Department of Sociology at the University of York address the topic of museum disposal. They share insights gained from a different context—household decluttering—to prompt new ways of approaching and thinking about disposal. While it is perhaps no longer considered ‘controversial’ or a ‘dirty word’ in the ways it once was, there persists (as Director of the Museums Association Sharon Heal put it earlier this year) a ‘shying away’ from disposal.
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 research examines how museum professionals can improve communication with visitors and stakeholders to create a more transparent disposal practice.
Collections Trust wins support, mentoring and funding from the Open Data Institute to explore how all 1,700 museums in the UK might sustainably share their collections data with each other and a range of other users.
Kevin Gosling, Chief Executive of Collections Trust, introduces a recently-published study, commissioned by DCMS, into the feasibility of mapping and connecting digitised cultural collections with a view to making them searchable across organisations and disciplines.
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Submission from Collections Trust to the DCMS Select Committee’s call for evidence on the impact of Covid-19 – a proposal for temporary protection of collections at risk when museums become insolvent
Dr Sally Foster and Professor Sián Jones of Stirling University, lead authors of new guidance on working with replicas, share why a rethink on replicas is necessary and how it needs to embrace cross-sector working. It feels like we have hit a nerve – in a good way. At the end of July 2020, we […]
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 […]
The essential first stop for anyone wishing to implement an effective pest management programme. For those with no previous experience of pest management it presents the basics clearly and concisely, and for those with more experience it provides an easy-reference guide to good pest management practice.
All too often, pest management is a reaction to the discovery of evidence of pest activity, such as damage to objects or elements of the building. This book provides practical, safe and cost-effective advice on the prevention and control of pests. It explains what a cultural heritage organisation needs to do to protect its collections, furnishings and buildings from harm by pests, and describes some of the options for controlling infestations should they occur.
Written by David Pinniger, pest management strategy adviser for English Heritage and many major UK museums, the publication is appropriate for all cultural heritage organisations, whether small or large, specialised or general, run by volunteers or by full-time staff. It also provides students with an excellent introduction to the subject of pest management.
Pest management is also reflected in the British Standards Institute Publicly Available Specification 197: Code of Practice for Cultural Collections Management, which is published by BSI in consultation with the Collections Trust and the cultural collections community.
The title comprises seven parts: Introduction; Identifying pests; Assessing the problem; Avoiding and preventing pests; Solving pest problems; Implementing pest management; and a Pest management ‘to do list’.
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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 […]
Collections Trust is calling for a sector-wide preservation strategy to improve the digital storage arrangements of many hundreds of museums and futureproof the benefits of short-term projects. Kevin Gosling suggests it can be done by making better use of existing funding.
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. The amazing response from those who connect to the artworks demonstrates the positive social impact the collection has.
With the support of the Open Data Institute, Collections Trust is working with the Cisco-backed P2P initiative to explore how we might stimulate digital and data leadership across the UK museum sector. Richard Leeming explains why.
Use to record a loan in event.
In this guest blog post Natalie Heidaripour, Museum Resilience Project Officer, Archives & Heritage, at Staffordshire County Council tells us about the launch of a new website and guide on interpretation for historic carriage collections.
This fact sheet can be used for identification of the varied carpet beetle should your collection become affected by pests.
Use to record the historic use and associations of an object.
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.
Here are speakers of the 2017 Collections Trust conference.
Claire Sussums, Assistant Director for Content at the Museum of London, recently caught up with friend and former colleague Frances Lloyd-Baynes, Head of Collections Information Management at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia), to compare their experiences of more than two decades managing collections on either side of the Atlantic.
This updated guidance sheet has been written for museums aiming to meet the standard set out in the UK Museum Accreditation Scheme.
AI technologies have great potential to help us discover meaning in museum collections, says Kevin Gosling, but they need to be trained using big data at a scale that’s currently hard for most institutions to delivers currently hard for most institutions to deliver.
ICON, the Institute of Conservation, is the lead voice for the conservation of cultural heritage in the UK. It provides the recognised source for finding professionally qualified conservator-restorers in the UK and Ireland: Conservation Register at ICON.
The report arising from Collections Trust’s ODI-supported research into how the museums sector might work differently with collections data has been published.
This brief introduction to threats to museum collections places particular emphasis on some of the reasons for theft. This resource is drawn from presentations at the security seminars funded by Arts Council England and hosted by the Collections Trust in 2012/2013, as part of the Building Capacity in Museum Security project.
This resource outlines the minimum standard for the specification of emergency exits. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections.
This resource outlines the minimum standard for the specification of fixed plywood window screens. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections.
This resource outlines the minimum standard for the specification of solid core doors. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections.
This resource outlines the minimum standard for the specification of attack resistant display cases. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections.
This resource outlines the minimum standard for the specification of wrought iron grilles. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections.
This resource outlines the minimum standard for the specification of external scaffolding. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections.