This collection brings together blog posts related to working through documentation backlogs. To find out more about updating your inventory, take a look at the Spectrum procedure Inventory and related resources, and join in the conversation on Twitter with #BanishThatBacklog.

We welcome new ideas for posts. If you’d like to write for our blog, please get in touch.

Our survey said...

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Pulling together who knew what about the collections via a survey helped Dorset Museum banish the backlog, as Collections Assistants Kat Broomfield and Camilla King explain.

Work on paper

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How banishing the backlog uncovered an early 20th century essay by a 13-year-old schoolgirl which helped connect modern Rochdale to an inspirational past.

No half measures

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Charlotte Hall, curator at the Peace Museum in Bradford, describes the benefits of being part of the Collections Trust’s Collection Cohort programme.

The Banish the Backlog programme

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Many museums struggle with a lack of basic inventory information, while others are confused about what they need to do to achieve Accreditation. Outreach Officer Sarah Brown explains Collections Trust’s programme to address this.

From mammoth task to mammoth tusk

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Ipswich Museum was a highly-commended runner-up for the 2018 Collections Trust Award. Here, Collections and Learning Curator Dr Kate Riddington explains how the museum streamlined what can often be the most time-consuming part of any inventory project: reconciling objects listed in stores against a range of existing documentation.

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.