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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 […]

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Perspectives on Disposal: Decluttering

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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.

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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 research examines how museum professionals can improve communication with visitors and stakeholders to create a more transparent disposal practice.

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Mapping digitised collections: how ... and why

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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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We are always happy to hear from you with collection management questions or enquiries about any aspect of our work. But, salespeople, please don’t bother us; our strict policy is to refuse cold sales calls and emails. By email Our general email address is office@collectionstrust.org.uk.  To email a particular person directly, please see the page […]

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Impact of Covid-19 on DCMS sectors

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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

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Rethinking replicas

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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 […]

Why can't we just use Google?

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Surely Google can help us find objects in collections across the UK’s museums? Chief Executive Kevin Gosling addresses a key question at the heart of the Collections Trust’s recent feasibility study for DCMS on mapping digitised collections.

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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Pest Management: A Practical Guide

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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’.

Delivery: You can expect your delivery within 5-7 working days.

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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Sharing data any which way

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Sharing museums collections data has traditionally been a ‘right faff’, but things are moving on and standardising incoming data should soon be the job of the harvesting tool, not the museum supplying the data, says Kevin Gosling.

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. The amazing response from those who connect to the artworks demonstrates the positive social impact the collection has.

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Collections Trust conference debrief

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A brief report on the Collections Trust conference 2020 – ‘Dynamic information for dynamic collections’ – including links to videos of the speaker presentations and Q&A panel discussions.

An open route map for the museum sector

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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.

'Just give us the data'

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In the first #ItsGoodToShare guest blog, David Dawson, Director of Wiltshire Museum, explains why Wessex Museums Partnership would like to combine their online collections to offer users a joined-up service.

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.

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Comparing collections practice across the pond

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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.

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Bigging up AI

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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.

Valuing Your Collection

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In this guest post, Freda Matassa, Director of Matassa Toffolo, talks about the background to her new book, Valuing Your Collection: a practical guide for museums, libraries and archives.

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Getting it together report published

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The report arising from Collections Trust’s ODI-supported research into how the museums sector might work differently with collections data has been published.

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Threats to museum collections

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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.

Security specification for solid core doors

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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.