This resource is the practical result of the work of the Peer Development Group for Museum Collections Review and Rationalisation in carrying out collections review and rationalisation.
Here you can find further resources to help with the Spectrum procedure Collections review. For the procedure itself follow this link.
This resource provides museum professionals with a series of practical considerations, written in straightforward language, as informed by the real-world experiences of institutions.
Reviewing Significance 3.0 provides analytical tools to aid museums, archives and libraries of all sizes to assess the significance of their collection to assist in prioritising resource allocation and when seeking external funding or support.
The Designation Scheme identifies the pre-eminent collections of national and international importance held in England’s non-national museums, libraries and archives, based on their quality and significance. This guide, created by Arts Council England, aims to help you promote your Designated collections.
Arts Council England’s Designation Scheme identifies and celebrates outstanding collections, which deepen our understanding of the world and what it means to be human.
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.
This toolkit has been put together as a practical guide to help you review your museum collection. It documents the collections review process carried out by UCL Museums and Collections from 2007 to 2009, and contains instructions and tips on how to adapt our method for use at your own collection.
This report asks whether focusing on engaging people directly with collections has helped deliver active participation and change organisations. The full report draws extensively on the experiences of museum and archive staff who have used Revisiting Collections.
This toolkit is based on the Reviewing Significance Framework and offers two complementary processes, Significance Assessment and Collections Review, which will assist all holders of moving image material to care for and use their collections better.
The collections review and rationalisation project at The Polar Museum was linked to a refocus by the museum on making the collections more accessible to the public, continuing to meet the Arts Council England Accreditation Standard and ensuring that the skills required for running an effective museum were present within the staff and volunteer team.
This guide aims to support museums in considering and selecting appropriate methodologies to guide the rationalisation of their collections. It identifies the main issues for museums to consider and provides information about tools and resources available to support the rationalisation procedure.
This short animation from SHARE Museums East provides information and guidance on collections rationalisation and why museums would want to do it.