Museum Documentation: An Introduction

This session will explore the basics of museum documentation, its importance and how it is approached by different organisations. We will explore museum documentation with a focus on accountability and museum Accreditation. Together, we will review the Spectrum 5 Primary Procedures, required for Accreditation, and discuss how they are approached by your organisation.

Delegates will be encouraged to participate through discussions and activities, and there will be plenty of opportunity for questions throughout.

We request that attendees bring examples of their organisation’s documentation procedural manual, if possible, to share and discuss during the day.

Learning Objectives:

  • The role of museum documentation
  • The Spectrum collections management standard, particularly in the context of Accreditation
  • Applying Spectrum within your organisation
  • The role of Collections Trust
  • Collections Trust resources

This session is being run in partnership between Museum Development Yorkshire and the Collections Trust. The Collections Trust offer free training and advice through their ACE-funded outreach programme, working closely with the museum development network.

The session will be led by 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 on a range of collections management topics. Sarah is the person to contact with your collection management queries.

Who should attend?

  • Staff and volunteers responsible for delivering collections management and documentation activities
  • Those new to, or with limited knowledge of, museum documentation and the Spectrum collections management standard

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided on the day. Catering facilities are available at the venue or in local cafes. Please feel free to bring your own lunch.

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York Castle Museum
Tower Street