Getting Your House in Order 1 – An introduction to Spectrum 5.0

Event Date:30 June 2021 2:00 pm — 30 June 2021 3:30pm

The ongoing pandemic has put many museums and collections at risk, with some looking at facing insolvency, mergers with other sites and the movement of collections.

Good collections documentation is the key to managing these processes smoothly, ensuring that any museum collection is accountable and manageable in a high pressure scenario. We were inspired by our colleagues at North West Museum Development and their ‘Getting Your House in Order’ programme, and we have commissioned the Collections Trust to offer the same support and training to museums in the south east.

The Collections Trust team will provide the framework of Spectrum 5.0 and its procedures to bring a focus on the planning and work involved to get your collections documentation in place. We will also be bringing in Professor Janet Ulph, Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Leicester, who will bring a different perspective to the legal and ethical issues associated with dealing with collections.

There will be six sessions delivered online, which are open to staff, boards and volunteers from museums in the south east which are Accredited or formally working towards Accreditation.

The ‘Getting Your House in Order’ sessions are not just for museums facing huge change, but they act as a great refresher for museums wanting to improve their documentation standards, and will serve as a reminder of why this work is necessary.

Within the booking process you can indicate if your museum is or could be facing one of these scenarios, and you will be prioritised for a place.


This first session will offer an introduction to the Spectrum standard, and will also put into context the Spectrum procedures covered in the other workshops in the ‘Getting your House in Order’ training suite. 

During the session we will discuss how a Spectrum 5.0 procedure works and how it might be applied within your own organisation to improve your collections management procedures and systems.

The session will give an overview of the primary procedures, focusing on details flagged in your registrations – so please do let us know your questions, issues and priorities. There will be opportunities to ask questions during the session, as well as sharing ideas with other attendees.

Before the session: 

  • Think about how you do things in your museum, referring to your in-house procedural manual if you have access to it, although we appreciate you might not right now. You might also find it useful to have it with you to refer to during the session.

Please note: this event is being run by South East Museum Development. Therefore places are only available to organisations in the South East region. By signing up to the training you agree to adhere to our terms and conditions, including completing the post session evaluation.

By booking a place on to a South East Museum Development training event, you are agreeing to the following :

  • To ensure fair distribution, only one representative from each museum can book a place on this training course. Additional bookings from the same museum will go on to a reserve list. Places on this training course will be confirmed by email.
  • That you are either a paid staff, a volunteer or a trustee who works within or with a South East museum or heritage organisation which is in Arts Council England’s Accreditation Scheme (either fully accredited or working towards accreditation). Where this is not applicable (i.e. you are a non-accredited museum), you acknowledge that in the event that training is oversubscribed, priority will be given to museums or heritage organisations in the Arts Council England Accreditation Scheme.
  • It is a condition of receiving the training provided without charge that the evaluation form is completed by the specified deadline in the email notification, unless a paper evaluation is specifically provided on the day of the training session for completion before the end of the session.

Book your place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/getting-your-house-in-order-1-an-introduction-to-spectrum-50-tickets-154263715927

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