Banish the Backlog

In partnership with the Collections Trust.

We recognise that many museums are dealing with a collections’ documentation backlog.

We have been working in partnership with the Collections Trust since 2018 to deliver ‘Banish the Backlog’ – a programme designed to demystify the challenges and introduce solutions.

Sarah Brown, Outreach Officer with the Collections Trust, delivers the programme in partnership with our team of Museum Development Officers.

Banish the Backlog aims to provide direct and ongoing support to small to medium-sized regional museums, who work as a cohort with a small network of other museums to explore how to improve procedures and develop realistic plans to improve documentation.

We expect the museums involved to be at different stages of work, but what they have in common is that they are 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 Museum Development Officer to set out a bespoke 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.

Top Tips

Follow the link below to view Sarah Brown’s top 10 tips for banishing that backlog!

BTB Top Tips

Applications for Banish the Backlog 2020-21 are now closed. 

If you want to find out more about the programme, you can get in touch with the Collections Trust at 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.

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