The Museums Association’s 2019 report, Empowering Collections, talked about the need for museums to work with users and stakeholders to make their collections relevant to diverse audiences. It also said museums should ensure their collections are well-managed, understood, rationalised, accessible and dynamic. But above all it called on museums to use their collections to bring together and empower communities.

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Collections Trust Award: Experience Barnsley – in a new way

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Steven Skelley, Community Heritage Curator, explains what was involved in, and achieved by, the Experience Barnsley 2020 redisplay, which was highly commended in this year’s Collections Trust Award. Experience Barnsley is nine years old and houses the social history collection of the people of Barnsley. The museum has been a great success and has a […]

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.

Untold tales

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Revealing hidden histories and making better use of underused collections are at the heart of a West Midlands Museum Development project, as Helen Johnson explains.

Out of the box 

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Patricia Day, Seaside Heritage Project Officer at Time and Tide in Great Yarmouth, describes the Handling Boxes project, which turned volunteers into co-curators.