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Collections Review & Rationalisation

Friday 28th April 2017


10.15am for a 10.30am start. Finish by 4pm. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.


Portsmouth City Museum Education Room. For directions, please click here.

About the Day

Collections rationalisation and review enables a museum to improve its understanding of a collection so that the collection can be used more effectively. This session will explore the benefits of collection reviews and rationalisation, to both the museum and visitors. The session will also introduce different methodologies and frameworks, and approaches to planning a collections review. We will also look at the ethical and legal considerations of deaccession and disposal, as a potential outcome of rationalisation.

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

Delegates will also hear from the former Peer Development Group in Collections Review and Rationalisation who have produced a practical toolkit for use by museums interested in delivering a rationalisation project. (Download here)

There will also be an opportunity for attendees to preview the new SPECTRUM 5.0 Collections Review procedure.

Who is it for?

Museum staff and volunteers involved in collections management; particularly those involved in planning and/or delivering a programme of collections review and rationalisation. 

What will you learn?

  • The benefits of collections rationalisation and review
  • Main issues for museums to consider when approaching review and rationalisation
  • The planning process
  • Choosing and developing a review framework and methodology
  • Tools and resources available to support the rationalisation procedure
  • An introduction to procedures such as deaccession and disposal
  • Ethical and legal considerations of deaccession and disposal

Session Leader:

This session will be led by Sarah Brown, Outreach Officer for Collections Trust. Sarah joined Collections Trust in May 2016.  Originally training as a conservator, Sarah has worked in a variety of collections management and care roles across the UK, including National Museums Scotland and Powell-Cotton Museum in Kent.

As part of Collections Trust’s Arts Council England funded Activity Plan, Sarah will be delivering around 100 events across the English regions, developed in collaboration with the ACE Museum Development teams. The programme will be varied, with themes and delivery approach responding to local needs, ranging from digitisation to documentation planning and backlogs.

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