Procedural manuals

A manual helps a museum to standardise the capture, recording, safekeeping and use of information about museum collections, and should be a set of evolving instructions describing how your museum carries out the Spectrum 5.0 procedures. We know that a lot of you are taking the opportunity to update or develop your manuals at the moment. This session will explore what makes a good procedural manual. Together we will discuss what they should contain, different formats and how you might create a user friendly document.

This session is now fully booked and oversubscribed. Due to the high level of interest in this session, we will continue collecting registration information using the form below until 13:00 on 26 June – we will use these details to contact you about a second session once we have confirmed a date for this. If you have a question please email 

  • Register your interest below, before 13:00 on 26 June (please note the group size will be limited to 15 people, and we’re giving priority to staff and volunteers from UK Accredited museums, and those working towards Accreditation).
  • Read the Spectrum 5.0 introduction.
  • Read our guidance about procedural manuals.
  • Think about how you do things in your museum (referring to your in-house procedural manual if you have access to it, although we appreciate you might not right now).
  • At the time of the session, follow the simple joining instructions we’ll send you when we confirm your registration. The session will be hosted via an online platform that should work with whatever browser you use, and without the need for you to install anything else. To keep the audio as clear as possible we won’t use video, so you don’t have to tidy up or dress to impress.