Almost all practitioners signalled that there will be a lasting impact on their personal professional practice as a result of Effective Collections projects.

Many projects are effectively ‘ongoing’, meaning that museums intend to apply what they have learned to reviewing other parts of their collection and intend to apply their increased understanding of project working more widely to other areas of museum work.

The Effective Collections experience has been a call to action:

"A full audit of the collections, which has never happened, has become a high priority."

Legacy - one example...

"Old Tools New Uses is also a project with true legacy... with real resources to be there for use long-term and a contribution of knowledge that is sustainable beyond the project participants. Legacy and sustainability within projects should be given more priority with funding bids and this [Old Tools New Uses] is a great example to learn from.

The disposals to the partners' charities, in particular the disposal of items to Tools for Self Reliance and reuse in Tanzania and Sierra Leone is a great exemplar. Over 40 museums in Scotland coming together with £25k to produce a catalogue of what they have, a resource for future curators to use to develop these collections, and a rationalisation amounting to around 80 disposals to charitable purpose, is pretty good delivery with a small budget."

Jilly Burns, National Museums Scotland

Legacy 2

Key points: 

Use projects to make a lasting impact: 

  • on cultural and other policy areas 
  • to connect internationally 
  • to create new resources and relationships with the community 
  • as a platform for broader research