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

Ethical Sampling Guidance

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When sampling decisions for scientific investigations of heritage objects or sites are collaborative and transparent between researchers and owners/custodians, they encourage balanced, objective and consistent discussions and conclusions. However, finding, sharing or communicating information to support and direct common-ground decisions from multi-perspectives is not always easy. To fill this important information gap, the Heritage Science Group committee of the Institute for Conservation (Icon) has developed this guidance for materials research.

A guide to film-making projects

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The UK Medical Collections Group ‘Medicine at the Movies’ project invited adult learners to use medical museums as inspiration to make a series of short films. The project demonstrates how museums can be accessible and stimulating learning environments. This guide provides an outline of how similar projects might run.

The power of the plough

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Rural museum collections contain significant numbers of ploughs. With increasing pressure on stores, and greater emphasis placed on communication and learning, the Rural Museums Network chose ploughs as a suitable subject for a Museums Association Effective Collections project.

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.

6 tips for increasing access to museum storage

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You will find this helpful if you are considering different ways to open up your own museum stores. This resource focuses on what’s working for places like Leeds Discovery Centre, Jersey Heritage and other collections stores around the UK and pulls out some useful example and tips.

Managing cultural collections to unlock potential

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The case studies presented in these 3 reports highlight how professional collections management helps museums to deliver 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.

Education Reform Act 1988

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The national curricula for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland may be relevant to museums creating educational resources for schools. The curriculum for Scotland (‘Curriculum for Excellence’) is not governed by any national legislation.

Equality Act 2010

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This legislation is directly related to the Accreditation standard and achieving requirement 3.1.5 Access Policy Statement as museums need to ensure they are acting within the relevant legislation.

Poor as a stockinger at Framework Knitters’ Museums, Ruddington

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This case study focuses on the further development by the Framework Knitters’ Museum of their relationship with local schools, through the creation of a young persons’ steering committee that would offer students the chance to have a real input into the museum’s displays, interpretation, creative content and learning offer.