Here you can find further resources to help with the Spectrum procedure Cataloguing. For the procedure itself follow this link.

Recording guidelines for persons and organisations

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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.

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Developing a documentation procedural manual

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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.

Documentation planning pack

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The aim of the Collections Trust Documentation planning pack is to assist museums to produce their own documentation plans. The guidelines contained in the pack can be used for all types of documentation planning; they are not intended as the only way to produce a documentation plan and are specifically to help the documentation planning process as required by UK Museum Accreditation Scheme.

Simple cards

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Collections Trust supplies simple cards that support the Spectrum Cataloguing procedure (a Spectrum Primary Procedure). They allow the museum to capture a basic level of information for a wide variety of collections.

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Object cards

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Collections Trust supplies object cards that support the Spectrum Cataloguing procedure (a Spectrum Primary Procedure). Object cards allow the museum to capture detailed cataloguing information for a wide variety of collection types.

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Subject Specialist Networks

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Subject Specialist Networks (SSNs) revolve around a subject specialism. They are drawn from established professional membership bodies, or less defined networks of museums.

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Identifying plastics toolkit

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The identifying plastics toolkit consists of an online identification route map, which you can use with objects from your own collection, and a travelling toolkit, which is a physical resource that you can borrow free of charge. It aims to familiarise you with the characteristics of the plastics most frequently encountered within museum collections and provide a methodology to help in their identification.

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Revisiting Archives Collections toolkit

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Revisiting Collections supports museums and archive services to open up their collections for scrutiny by community groups and external reports and to build and share a new understanding of the multi-layered meaning and significance of objects and records. This toolkit outlines guidance for capturing and sharing multiple perspectives on archive collections.

Revisiting Collections with young people and community groups

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These guidance notes, session plans and case studies offer support when using Revisiting Collections with both young people and wider community groups. This resource offers guidance on setting up group sessions, stimulating and capturing people’s responses to objects and records, and using direct engagement with collections as the foundation for creativity and innovation.

MDA codes

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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.

Co-creating community projects

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This guide provides information on issues that museums might need to consider when exploring the practice of co-creation, and through the case studies, it provides examples of good practice designed to inspire museums to work with their audiences in new ways.

Labelling and marking museum objects

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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.

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Revisiting Museum Collections

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Revisiting Museum Collections supports museums and archives to open up their collections for reinterpretation and knowledge capture. This publication takes you through the methodology so that you can apply it within your own organisation.