Managing cultural collections to unlock potential

Museums play a unique and important role in society. They help us understand where we have come from, telling the story of our shared cultural identity. They help us learn from the past, so that we can create a better future.

Strategic collections management as a professional discipline is at the very core of what a modern museum is and does. It combines new insight into management with skills in ‘traditional’ museum practices like documentation, environmental management and security. It brings together soft skills with subject expertise and the ability to use technology creatively to drive new forms of engagement.

Collections management is about harnessing all of the museum’s resources and knowledge to delivering value for our visitors. The case studies presented in these 3 reports highlight how professional collections management helps our wonderful museums to deliver so much more, to look ahead to the future with confidence while at the same time being more efficient in how they spend their money and reducing their impact on the environment.

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Date created: 2013

Author: Collections Trust

Publisher: Collections Trust