Winner of Collections Trust Award 2019 announced

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Oxford’s History of Science Museum and Pitt Rivers Museum have jointly won the 2019 Collections Trust Award for Multaka-Oxford, a project that creates volunteer opportunities in the museums for forced migrants who have recently arrived in the UK. Multaka, which means meeting point in Arabic, uses the collections as a meeting point to bring people […]

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Tackling the digitisation backlog with volunteer power at the Museum of East Anglian Life

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Our ‘Banish the Backlog’ campaign has been focusing on the gaps in collection inventories, but museums face many other types of backlog. In this guest blog post Caitlin Peck, Curator at the Museum of East Anglian Life, tells us about their new initiative for getting up-to-date with digitisation. With seventeen historic buildings set in 75 […]

Spectrum in action - CT conference 2018

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One year on from the launch of Spectrum 5.0, our 2018 conference explores how the latest version is being put into practice. We’ll start unveiling the programme in the spring, but for now please save the date: Thursday 13 September 2018.

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Pulling together: Collections Trust 2017 Conference Speakers

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Sarah Brown Sarah is the face of Collections Trust around the country, and works closely with the museum development network across the English regions to deliver free, ACE-funded events. She originally trained as a conservator and has worked in various collections management roles, most recently managing the team that secured £1.3m HLF support for Kent Mining […]

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Pulling Together: Collections Trust 2017 Conference FAQs

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When is the Collections Trust 2017 conference?  The one-day conference is on Thursday 21 September 2017. There will be a pre-conference meet-up the evening before, Wednesday 20 September. Where is the conference held? The conference is at The Hospitium, Museum Gardens, York. The Hospitium is approximately a 7 minute walk from York railway station – you […]

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Constitutional and governance arrangements guidance document

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This paper is directly related to the Accreditation Standard, providing guidance on the requirements of the Standard (2011 edition). It includes acceptable and appropriate constitutions for governing bodies, and describes the characteristics of long-term organisations which exist to benefit the public and safeguard collections.

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Free Resources and Advice [NFER]

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This database from the National Foundation for Educational Research provides materials from arts organisations, museums and education specialists. They are designed to generate creative new ideas and inspire teachers of subjects at Key Stage 1 – 5 across the national curriculum.

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The Sign Design Guide

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The Sign Design Guide is concerned with making environments accessible to everyone and addresses the concept of ‘inclusive signage’. It provides clear guidance on producing signs and other wayfinding information.

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Quality Assurance Scheme [Scotland]

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Visitor attraction quality schemes can help museums to develop and promote themselves. As well as receiving an unbiased viewpoint of the visitor experience by industry professionals, the scheme can provide promotional opportunities and ongoing support.

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Quality assessment for your attraction [England]

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Visitor Attraction Quality Schemes can help museums to develop and promote themselves. As well as receiving an unbiased viewpoint of the visitor experience by industry professionals, the scheme can provide promotional opportunities and ongoing support.

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The Scottish Household Survey

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This resource can help museums understand its users. The survey is designed to provide accurate, up-to-date information about the characteristics, attitudes and behaviour of Scottish households and individuals on a range of issues.

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Friendly evaluation toolkit

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This toolkit aims to help organisations understand the different types of evaluation and think about what they are trying to evaluate and how. It provides real, practical, useful examples of evaluation techniques that other people have used and that can be modified.

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Evaluation Support Scotland

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This website gives access to a range of evaluation guides, tools, and case studies on every aspect of evaluation. It is particularly aimed at third sector organisations and funders.

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Volunteer induction

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This resource supports organisations in getting started with volunteer inductions and includes orientation, personal introductions, understanding the volunteering role, knowing where to find things and understanding the values and policies of the organisation.

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