Guidance on the rationalisation of museum archaeology collections

This resource provides museum professionals with a series of practical considerations, written in straightforward language, as informed by the real-world experiences of institutions.

The guidance marks the final stage of a hugely informative and collaborative project funded by HE and delivered in partnership with SMA and five institutions in England responsible for the collection and care of archaeological archives:

  • Museum of London
  • Museums Worcestershire
  • Stroud Museum
  • Suffolk County Council
  • Tullie House

These organisations, selected to provide a geographical spread and range of collection size and level of in-house specialism, undertook scoping studies to audit their holdings, establish selection criteria, estimate the resources required to undertaken rationalisation and calculate the likely amount of space that could be created if rationalisation was carried out. Their critical reflections on the process and honest responses allow real insight into this complex process.

Click on the ‘Visit site’ link to download the resource from the Society for Museum Archaeology website.

Date created: 2018

Author: Katherine Baxter; Gail Boyle; Lucy Creighton (for the Society for Museum Archaeology)

Publisher: Historic England; Society for Museum Archaeology