Getting Your House in Order 2 – Ownership of Collections

Event Date:27 July 2021 10:30 am — 27 July 2021 12:00pm

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 brining in Professor Janet Ulph, Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Leicester, who will bring a legal 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.


In this second session in the series we will focus on the Spectrum procedures and processes involved in assessing and documenting new acquisitions. This includes due diligence, provenance, decision-making and capturing written evidence of transfer of title.

By the end of the session, delegates will: 

  • Understand which Spectrum procedures are most relevant to ownership and how they might fit together.
  • Understand the role of the Spectrum standard in relation to museum Accreditation. 
  • Know where to find more information and guidance. 

Before the session: 

Think about how you do things in your museum, referring to your relevant policy and procedures if you have access to them, although we appreciate you might not right now. You might also find it useful to have these 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.

Please submit any questions you wish to address during the session in advance to john.moore@southeastmuseums.org by 20.7.21

Book your place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/getting-your-house-in-order-2-ownership-of-collections-tickets-154267882389

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