Taking legal ownership of objects, especially (but not always) to add to your long-term collection through the process of accessioning: the formal commitment by your governing body to care for objects over the long term.
This is a primary procedure. Accredited UK museums must meet the Spectrum standard set out below. The suggested procedure is one way to achieve the standard, but it is just a suggestion.
In legal terms, acquisition involves a ‘transfer of title’ from the previous owner to you. The procedure gives you proof of ownership, and it assigns a unique number that will link each object to the information you hold about it. Accessioning has a very specific meaning: it brings with ethical responsibilities to preserve objects over […]
This suggested procedure shows how you might meet the Spectrum standard for Acquisition and accessioning. It is presented in two formats: text and workflow diagram. They are meant to be starting points for you to adapt to the needs of your own museum.