We expect the museums involved to be at different stages of work, but what they have in common is that they’re keen to get to grips with their documentation and make positive changes to safeguard their collections.
Success will look different for each museum involved. Right at the beginning of the process museums will benefit from a 121 session with Sarah Brown and their a Museum Development Officer to set out an Action Plan for tackling backlogs, ranging from plans to starting an inventory of temporary object numbers to tying up the last few loose ends after a relocation.
By the end of the programme the museums will hopefully have worked through the questions they may have, have made new contacts, improved their Documentation Plans and taken steps to begin addressing their Action Plan goals.
We are now inviting museums from across the south east region to apply to take part in one of our cohorts for Banish the Backlog 2020-21. Museums will need to be able to commit to at least 2 team members attending an initial site visit with Sarah Brown and one of our MDOs, plus 3 further group sessions based in their geographical region. Venues for the group sessions are dependent on the museums selected, and will often be located at museums engaged in the programme.
Timetable for the 2020-21 Programme
22.04.2020 Museum Site visits (Eastern region)
23.04.2020 Museum Site visits (Eastern region)
27.05.2020 Museum Site Visits (Western region)
28.5.2020 Museum Site Visits (Western region)
01.06.2020 Eastern Group Session 1
08.06.2020 Western Group Session 1
08.09.2020 Eastern Group Session 2
09.09.2020 Western Group Session 2
24.02.2021 Eastern Group Session 3
25.02.2021 Western Group Session 3
To get involved please complete our Expression of Interest Form, and email a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12pm on Friday 13th March 2020.
If you want to find out more about the programme, you can get in touch with the Collections Trust at email@example.com. or you regional Museum Development Officer.
You can also join in the conversation on Twitter with #BanishTheBacklog and #BanishThatBacklog, and feel free to tweet us at @CollectionTrust and @SEmuseumDP.