Although Person or Organisation information is often the most common and important information you may need to deal with, names and other related information also be difficult to identify and record on occasions, especially when faced with changes of names and foreign languages. These guidelines will not deal with all the problems you will encounter, they are intended to answer some of the more common questions you may have.
Here you can find further resources to help with the Spectrum procedure Cataloguing. For the procedure itself follow this link.
These guidelines on the labelling and marking of museum objects were developed by the Collections Trust with the help of Vivien Chapman at the National Conservation Centre, National Museums Liverpool (NML).
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.
This resource explores re-numbering, suggests why it is a poor use of resources, and gives some examples of numbering problems and their solutions.
To manage effective marking and labelling in a museum, it is important to have an organised ‘kit’ or box of equipment to hand. In this short video from SHARE Museums East, a conservator demonstrates what you will need in your basic label and marking kit.