Collections review and rationalisation

Collections review enables a museum to improve its understanding of a collection so that it can be used more effectively. Collections reviews are often the first stage of rationalising collections, which can lead to the Deaccessioning and disposal of objects. However, there are many other reasons to review collections. These include understanding the significance of your holdings; identifying opportunities to develop under-used collections; getting new insights into what your users find interesting about your objects; and planning future research, use and collections care.


In this session Sarah Brown, Collections Trust, will introduce different methodologies and frameworks, and introduce the new Collections review procedure from the recently updated Spectrum standard, Spectrum 5.0. In the afternoon we will explore the legal and ethical considerations for Deaccessioning and disposal.

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This workshop will be delivered through our Arts Council England funded Outreach Programme, in collaboration with the Museum Development Network.