Collections provide an opportunity for reflection, learning, debate, creativity and participation for all. In order to support dynamic and empowering collections we need to work with communities and adopt a proactive approach to the democratisation and decolonisation of collections and support partnerships and knowledge sharing.
- Understands how museums develop, manage, share, research and improve knowledge of collections.
- Understands that collections belong to communities.
- Understands the difference between co-production and co-curation.
- Understands the role collections play in wellbeing, placemaking and sense of belonging.
- Understands and applies professional policies and standards associated with collections management, for example Spectrum, MA Code of Ethics for Museums, Supporting Decolonisation in Museums guidance etc.
- Ensures museums develop, manage, share, research and develop knowledge of collections.
- Ensures colleagues and communities share expertise, multiple perspectives and draws upon lived experiences.
- Adopts a proactive approach to democratisation and decolonisation.
- Works with museums, other organisations and communities to research and develop understanding about collections.
- Ensures up to date and accurate information and language is used to describe collections in workshops, databases and interpretation.
- Implements regular consultation on how collections are researched, presented, and used, and applies this in practice.
- Builds and values knowledge through the exchange of ideas and understands that narratives have multiple perspectives and are not fixed.
- Delivers to the diverse needs of broad audiences for example in person and digital engagement with collections.
- Uses collections work to create social impact, and to involve communities in co-production and co-curation, creating long-lasting knowledge and institutional change.
- Creates a culture where collections are accessible, shared, and prioritised.
- Develops collection strategies that prioritise partnerships with others for example communities.
- Fosters a culture where collections realise the potential for the planet and communities, for example climate justice.
- Develops and identifies shared outcomes through high levels of participation with communities and partners, locally, nationally, or internationally.