Museum Basics

This training day will give staff/volunteers new to the Museum sector an introduction to some key areas of its work. Fusion training will consist of two half day sessions; one which deals with Collection Care/Collections Management and the other which deals with Audiences/Digital. Fusion training is designed for participants to attend both sessions.

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Session 1

An Introduction to Collections Care

Collections are often the most important resource of a museum, so understanding how to care for them and prevent them from being damaged is vital. In this session we will consider the agents that cause damage to collections and how to avoid or mitigate them. We will also look at tools which are available to help you assess the state of your collections, plan strategically for their care and use and help you to meet and maintain Accreditation standards.

An Introduction to Collections Management

Sarah Brown, Outreach Officer for Collections Trust, will introduce basic museum documentation and standards. We will discuss the importance of museum documentation, introduce the collections management standard Spectrum 5.0, and explore how this is linked to the museum Accreditation standard.

Session 2

An Introduction to understanding and developing your audiences

Deanne Naula, Museum Development Officer Audiences, will show you how museums work with visitors in a variety of ways, as well as how visitors affect the way museums work through their interactions. The session will cover who is coming to museums nationally and in London and how we know.

An Introduction to Digital in Museums

What sort of digital activities do museum professionals undertake within their organisations and what are the skills and literacies they need to do them? In this session, Alec Ward (MDO Digital and Communications) will look at the types of digital activities that museum professionals undertake within their work. We’ll look at examples from all kinds of museums and discuss the types of skills and knowledge you might need to do this type of work yourself.

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