A busy year of outreach (2017/18)

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Funded by Arts Council England, Sarah Brown (our Outreach Officer) delivers support and guidance to museums across the English regions. After a busy year, we catch up with Sarah to find out more about her work. What subjects have you focused on over the past year? As always, rights management was a popular topic in […]

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See where we travelled for our outreach programme 2017-18

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Over the last year our Outreach Officer, Sarah Brown, has travelled across the country to promote good practice in collections management, funded by Arts Council England. In particular Sarah has provided support and training for small and medium-sized museums, responding to local needs identified by the Museum Development Network in England. Take a look at […]

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Wheal Martyn - dealing with documentation backlogs

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Jo Moore, Curator and Collections Coordinator at Wheal Martyn, has written this guest blog about how Wheal Martyn approached dealing with their documentation backlog, which was identified following an audit of their collections. My connection with Wheal Martyn began in 2011 when I was commissioned as a freelance curator to undertake a collections audit at […]

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Collections management and curating at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Museum: A student's experience

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As part of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum’s wider efforts to tackle their cataloguing backlog Ariel Lin, MA student in Art Museum and Gallery Studies at the University of Leicester, worked on a collection of medical equipment, recently donated to the museum. She wrote about her experience cataloguing, researching and curating a temporary exhibition around […]

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Because we want to be there: reflections on volunteering at a museum

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In this guest post, Anne Lord shares her experience at Colne Valley Museum, which relies entirely on volunteers. A volunteer herself, Anne reflects on the challenges and successes of the museum’s collections management work, including a current HLF-funded collections digitisation project. This post is adapted from her presentation at Collection Trust’s conference in September 2017. […]

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Perspectives on disposal: Museum of London Review and Rationalisation Project

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Naomi Russell, Project Assistant at the Museum of London, has written this guest blog post looking at the rationalisation of the Social and Working History collections at the museum. With over 100,000 objects involved in the project, it was a huge undertaking that aimed to improve the collection, benefit other institutions through disposal of objects and ensure the […]

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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. When I was writing this book, I thought it would be of limited interest and no-one was more surprised than I was when it sold out […]

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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 […]

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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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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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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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