Benchmarks in Collections Care 2.1

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This title sets out a practical series of benchmarks in collections care for museums, archives and libraries. The clearly presented benchmarks cover all the main areas of activity, including: policy, buildings, storage, housekeeping, handling and use, environmental monitoring, environmental control, conservation, surrogates, and emergency preparedness.

The original Benchmarks in Collections Care provided a framework for assessing and improving conservation, preservation and management in Collections. Benchmarks 2.0 was comprehensively updated by Alex Dawson for the Collections Trust in cooperation with leading collections care experts. This version, 2.1, benefits from minor reformatting and updates to references.

This publication is an invaluable resource to help you prioritise your investment in caring for you collection.

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Digital condition reporting: Articheck at the Portland Art Museum

News, blog and events

A blog post from Annika Erikson, Founder & CEO of Articheck, who spoke at the Collections Trust’s conference in September.  Annika interviews Amanda Kohn from the Portland Art Museum in the US about their use of Articheck to make digital condition reports for exhibitions and loans.

Part of: Blog

Help researchers to follow the trail

News, blog and events

In our latest #ItsGoodToShare blog post, researcher Anna Reeve talks about her experience of tracking down information about ancient Cypriot collections. She discusses the difficulties posed by not being able to search across museum collections.

Making audiences the focus of online collections

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This week, Katie Moffat, Head of Digital at The Audience Agency, is our guest blogger.  Katie looks at some inspiring initiatives and research museums around the world are undertaking to give different audiences what they want when they engage with collections online. The Audience Agency helps museums and other organisations understand the motivation of their audiences to […]

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Training times with our DAMS

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Guest blogger Kevin Bacon continues his series tracking the upgrade of the digital asset management system for the Royal Pavilion & Museums (RPM), Brighton & Hove. The work is taking place as the museums consider moving to charitable trust and in response to changes in the way they do business. We welcome your comments and […]

Part of: Blog

Copyright and digital content

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The growth of the internet has provided collection holders with more opportunities to digitise, adapt, publish and share material. However, the relative ease of reproducing resources with new media means that you need to be aware of the implications for your collections.

Security specification for padlocks

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This resource outlines the minimum standard for the specification of padlocks. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections.

Threats to museum collections

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This brief introduction to threats to museum collections places particular emphasis on some of the reasons for theft. This resource is drawn from presentations at the security seminars funded by Arts Council England and hosted by the Collections Trust in 2012/2013, as part of the Building Capacity in Museum Security project.

Security specification for solid core doors

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This resource outlines the minimum standard for the specification of solid core doors. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections.

Security specification for glass and frames

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This resource outlines the minimum standard for the specification of glass and frames. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections.

The Security Audit

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This is a guide to carrying out a Security Audit of your measures protecting your collections against fire, theft, flood and damage. It contains a Security Checklist, which can be used as an aid to a Security Audit.

Revisiting Museum Collections

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Revisiting Museum Collections supports museums and archives to open up their collections for reinterpretation and knowledge capture. This publication takes you through the methodology so that you can apply it within your own organisation.

Identifying plastics toolkit

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The identifying plastics toolkit consists of an online identification route map, which you can use with objects from your own collection, and a travelling toolkit, which is a physical resource that you can borrow free of charge. It aims to familiarise you with the characteristics of the plastics most frequently encountered within museum collections and provide a methodology to help in their identification.

Part of: Cataloguing

MDA codes

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As part of its work with documentation standards the Collections Trust (and its predecessor body MDA) has, since the 1970s, been developing and maintaining a scheme which allows the identification of UK collection-holding organisations and their collections through “codes” which are unique to each organisation.

Signposts factsheet 3 - Handling and Packing

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Many artefacts appear to be more solid and robust than they are. A great deal of damage can be caused by inappropriate handling and moving. Museum objects can also be damaged by insufficient or inappropriate packing materials. This fact sheet offers guidance on the handling and packing of artefacts.