Collections Management for Trustees

A session for any museum Trustee who wants to know how to look after their collections

South West Museum Development Programme

Two rows of labelled butterflies on a white background with a magnifying glass in the bottom right hand cornerAbout the session 

Date: 10 July 2024 

Time: 10:00-12:00 

Format: Via Zoom

Part 1: A brief introduction to Caring for Collections, the role of Trustees and the policies and plans needed by museums, including the Emergency Plan. This part will look at the nine main risks for collections, the types of objects most vulnerable and ways to mitigate the risk of harm.

Part 2: Part two of the session will look at the central role of documentation in collections management. We will introduce the Spectrum standard, how it relates to Accreditation, and the guidance that is available. We will focus on how Spectrum provides support for policy and accountability for collections, considering ethical, legal and security factors.

There will be time for discussion and delegates are welcome to bring specific problems and queries to the session.

Who should attend? 

This session is suitable for any museum Trustee, who wants to know how to look after their collection and how to plan for its future.

What will you learn? 

By the end of this course you will:

  • Understand the role of a trustee regarding collection care
  • Know the risks affecting museum collections and their effects on objects
  • Be able to use templates to create appropriate policies and plans
  • Understand what the Spectrum standard is, and how it might be applied within your museum
  • Understand the role of the Spectrum standard in relation to museum Accreditation
  • Understand how Spectrum can support policy and museum accountability
  • Know where to find more information and guidance

How does this meet the Accreditation standard?  

4.2 A policy, approved by the governing body, for developing collections, including acquisitions and disposals.

About the trainer 

Lindsay Duncan:

Lindsay is Outreach Officer at Collections Trust. She delivers events and training through Collection Trust’s ACE funded outreach programme. She has a PhD in archaeology from University College London, and has been involved with museums and collections management for the last 20 years, working with a variety of collections, including social history, art, costume, natural history, archaeology, photography and ethnography.

Helena Jaeschke:

Helena is the Conservation Development Officer at South West Museum Development. She is an accredited conservator with a degree in archaeological conservation and more than 40 years’ experience working with museums and collections. She supports museums across the southwest with all aspects of caring for their collections, and supporting environmental sustainability.