Collections 2030

Long-term purpose, use and management of collections
Collections 2030 a major research project looking at the long-term purpose, use and management of museum collections.

The research will be guided by two main themes: the culture of collections - how collections can be used and what we think they are for - and infrastructure - what we need in place to make our collections effective. People who work in and with museums will be asked to think about how collections could be used and managed by 2030.

Building on recent reports such as the Museums Taskforce, Mendoza Review, Culture is Digital, and Why Collect? and the Expert Review of Local Museums in Wales, the research will look at changes to museums and in wider society and examine how they will impact on collections use and management.

A reference group, made up of sector organisations, will act as a critical friend, while a steering group of museum professionals will determine the direction of the research.

The research will initially see a series of one-on-one meetings with people involved with collections around the UK. A wider consultation with the sector will also take place this year, including an online consultation and a series of workshops.

How to get involved

The MA has published a discussion paper and a series of research questions, and is looking for responses from across the sector. The deadline for submissions is 23 November 2018.

Join us at any of our Members’ Meetings this year to participate in Collections 2030 workshops, or register for any of our Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund network days. You can also contact Alistair Brown or Sarah Briggs to discuss the project. If you'd like to run your own discussion session to develop collective feedback on Collections 2030, the MA has produced guidance notes to help.

Reference Group

The reference group includes Arts Council England, Museums Galleries Scotland, Museums, Archives and Libraries Wales, the Art Fund, the National Museum Directors Council, the Association of Independent Museums, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Collections Trust, the Northern Ireland Museums Council, and the Museums Development Network.

Steering Group

The steering group includes Gillian Findlay, the curatorial and engagement manager at Edinburgh Museum and Galleries, Sally Macdonald, the director of the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, Owain Rhys, the community engagement and participation manager at National Museum Wales, Simon Cane, the director of public and cultural engagement at UCL Culture, and Steve Miller, the head of Norfolk Museums Service.