The Collections Management Competency Framework

The Collections Management Competency Framework defines the collections management skills and behaviours which a museum needs to develop, manage and sustain collections so that they can be used by the public. It is a high level framework which can be used as a starting point to define, plan and manage the skills you need in your museum.

The Framework has been developed by the Collections Trust in consultation with the museum sector, as part of an Arts Council England funded project. It draws on the experience of many people who work in museums in different roles across the UK, and defines the skill sets of the collections management profession.

The Collections Management Competency Framework defines 14 areas of competency which are grouped into 4 clusters:

  • Audience FocusThe Collections Management Competency Framework - defines the collections management skills and behaviours which a museum needs to develop, manage and sustain collections so that they can be used by the public.
  • Technical knowledge and practice
  • Communication
  • Contexts

 

In each cluster of the Collections Management Competency Framework each competency is described at three levels:

  • Synthesises and evaluates
  • Applies
  • Comprehends

These are not career levels, they are intended to reflect different stages in the learning and demonstration of competencies, starting with the ability to Comprehend, moving through the ability to Apply, and ending with the higher level competency, the ability to Synthesise and evaluate. You can find out more about levels of learning from Blooms Taxonomy.

Learning levels are cumulative, with each level building on the levels below e.g. a person demonstrating a competency at the highest level should already be demonstrating competency at the lower levels.

The Framework can be downloaded either as a PDF or a Word document by clicking on the ‘Download’ links.

Date created: 2016

Author: Collections Trust

Publisher: Collections Trust