Developing a documentation procedural manual

The procedural manual is a widely recognised device for expressing and communicating a museum’s policy and practice. It should include reference to the standards the museum uses for collecting information about museum objects.

The resource describes how to develop and maintain a procedural manual, and what it might contain.


  1. What is a documentation procedural manual?
  2. Why is a documentation procedural manual important?
  3. Spectrum 5.0 and Museum Accreditation
  4. What might a documentation procedural manual contain?
  5. What format is suitable for a documentation procedural manual?


Please note, this resource has been re-formatted in 2019, with some minor rewording for clarification. The content otherwise remains the same as the version published in 2018.

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Date created: 2018

Author: Collections Trust

Publisher: Collections Trust