Our consultancy work is rooted in standards we helped to shape, with a commonsense approach to helping museums of all sizes put them into practice.

We are always happy to talk about possible opportunities and to consider invitations to tender. We work either as lead consultants or as specialist sub-contractors to other consulting firms, potentially anywhere in the world. Our input can range from a few days to longer-term assignments. We can also draw on a network of trusted associates when needed. Please contact Kevin Gosling if you have a project in mind and think we might be able to help.

Recent projects

Putting the National Trust’s collection management system to the test

Collections Trust has just completed a significant consultancy project, in which it checked the National Trust’s collection management system and procedures against the requirements of Spectrum 5.0, and analysed the quality of its data.

Commenting on the project, Fernanda Torrente, Interim Manager of the Collections Management Team and Senior Registrar Exhibitions and Loans, at the National Trust said:

“We asked Collections Trust to do some collections management consultancy work for us around Accreditation, Spectrum 5.0 and
our data, and I was really impressed with the high quality of the
work and the recommendations for next steps. Collections Trust
know the standards and
know museums, and I would definitely
recommend them.”

Strategic planning for Girlguiding’s national archive

Led by Collections Trust, a multi-disciplinary team recently worked on a strategic plan for Girlguiding’s national archive. This involved producing proposals for re-housing the archive and outlining an activity programme to engage the movement’s enviable network of volunteers and members in every part of the country. The resulting report went to Girlguiding’s trustees in 2019.

The project team: learning and audience specialist Anna Salaman; architects PAD Studio; E3 Consulting Engineers; Momentum Consulting Engineers; and QS REAL Consulting.

Image: Princess Elizabeth ties knots, Fox Photos Ltd, 1942, Girl Guides of Canada archives, CC-BY-SA.

Featured projects

Photography collections audit: Science Museum Group

We were commissioned to audit the photography collections across the Science Museum Group. We visited SMG’s five sites and quantified both the physical photographic material and the extent to which it had been digitised. The study also explored cataloguing practice and copyright across the various collections.

Working with the Collections Trust enabled the Science Museum Group to explore the exciting opportunities its vast photographic archives present and to plot the steps to large-scale digitisation of this material and its online publication.” John Stack, Digital Director.

Image: One of a group of photographs by Étienne Jules Marey showing phases of movement, c 1892. Science Museum Group Collection Online. © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London. CC-BY-NC-SA.

Digital cultural heritage survey: Ministry of Culture, Luxembourg

This detailed survey collected evidence to support strategic planning for digital cultural heritage in Luxembourg, identifying the technical and human infrastructure needed in the country’s eight state-funded cultural heritage institutions. The survey quantified and characterised the physical collections that, together with their associated documentation, are the raw materials of digitisation. It also provided a snapshot of digitisation and access to digital collections to date and planned over the short to medium term, together with discussion of key challenges and opportunities, and recommendations for action.

Image: View of Luxembourg City by JMW Turner, 1834. Musée National d’Histoire et d’Art. Public domain.

Brief for a new collections management system: Thackray Medical Museum

“Collections Trust helped us to understand the limitations of our existing collections management system and scope what we required for our specialist collections, presenting it in a comprehensive report. This gave us a framework, and an idea of the resources we needed to procure the ideal system. We then used it to help secure funding. The friendly staff were happy to clarify our queries as we created our procurement path. Thank you, Collections Trust.” Ali Bodley, heritage consultant.

Image: Courtesy of Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds.

Other recent projects