Effective Collections: resources

Case studies and examples of best practice
From 2006 to 2012, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation gave £1m to the Effective Collections programme of the Museums Association, supporting museums to make better use of collections.

As part of this work 34 Effective Collections projects were funded in many types and sizes of museum across the UK.

A wide range of resources and case studies were produced.

Main report

Making Collections Effective (pdf)

Effective Collections: achievements and legacy (pdf)


Getting your collections review right (pdf)

Create a successful collections review and development plan (pdf)

Writing a workplan and keeping it on track (pdf)

Successful partnership working (pdf)

Effective Collections: programme prospectus 2009-12 (pdf)

Summary of learning points from pilot projects with museums (2009) (word)

Collections for People project, University College London 2008 (pdf)

Unlocking Local Treasure, Local Government Association 2008 (pdf)

Sharing Collections project, 2007 (pdf)

Long Loan and Disposal Benchmark Study (2007) (pdf)

Case studies

Effective collections: full phase

Colchester and Ipswich, June 2010 (word)

Dorset County, June 2010 (word)

Saffron Walden and partners, June 2010 (word)

British Road Transport Trust Coventry, June 2010 (word)

Brighton and Hove, June 2010 (word)

Plymouth City, June 2010 (word)

Other examples of good practice

Tate, 2007 (pdf)

Bodelwyddan Castle, 2007 (word)

Clydebank Museum, 2007 (word)

Manchester Museum, 2007 (word)

National Portrait Gallery, 2007 (word)

Thackray Museum, 2007 (word)

Oxfordshire County Council Museums Service, 2007 (word)

Further information

Collections for the Future (2005)

For more information about disposal, click here

For information about pilot phase of Effective Collections, click here

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