Collections reviews: further resources

Rebecca Atkinson, 16.08.2010
Further resources for anyone interested in finding out more about collections reviews

Find out how the Museums Association is challenging and inspiring museums to make better use of their collections.

Includes information on:

Effective Collections
Monument Fellowships

You can also download the following publications:

Collections for the future (pdf)
Collections for the future (pdf)
Collections for the future: two years on (pdf)

See publications for more collections and Effective Collections publications.

Find an object
Search and post loan, disposal, acquisitions and borrowing requests.

(Museum Practice)
Issue of Museum Practice on disposing of objects.

Stored Collections
(Museum Practice)
Issue of Museum Practice examining how museums are opening up access to their stored collections, through behind-the-scene tours, demonstrations, object handling and building open stores.

(Museum Practice)
Issue of Museum Practice examining how museums can acquire new works.

(Museum Practice)
Issue of Museum Practice on applied research, with a special focus on collaboration and unveiling hidden histories.

Making the grade
(Museum Practice)
Javier Pes discovers how University College London approached its major review of its collections.

Code breakers
(Museum Practice)
John Holt explains how joining expert networks can benefit smaller museums.

•  Wealth of knowledge
(Museums Journal)
James Morrison delves into the complex world of collections knowledge.


Revealing Collections (pdf)
Publication from Renaissance North West on collections reviews in the region.

What’s In Store?
This document from Renaissance North West highlights its collections review pilot projects at Salford Museum and Art Gallery and Gallery Oldham.

Significance 2.0: a guide to assessing the significance of collections

Written by Roslyn Russell and Kylie Winkworth for the Collections Council of Australia, Significance defines the meanings and values of a cultural heritage item or collection through research and analysis, and by assessment against a standard set of criteria.

Revisiting Collections
Information on the Collections Link website about Revisiting Collections, which supports museums and archives to open up their collections for scrutiny by community groups and external experts and to build and share a new understanding of the multi-layered meaning and significance of objects and records.


Collections Trust

The Collections Trust aims to ensure cultural collections are available for use and enjoyment by everyone, now and for the future.


(Image: Coventry Transport Museum's main off-site store)