Make more of your stored collections

Alex Stevens, 24.10.2018
MA’s one-day conference to hear about ground-breaking Dutch storage facility
Sandra Kisters, the head of collections and research at Rotterdam’s Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, will speak about the museum’s revolutionary new depot at the Museums Association’s one-day conference on museum storage on 3 December at the British Museum.

Kisters will present and take part in a Q&A on the project, which will house 70,000 artworks in a purpose-built building. It is set to be the first such facility in the world to allow access to a complete art collection in storage without a curatorial guide, when it opens in 2020.

The project is a response to persistent flooding of the museum’s former storage facility, and in particular two floods in October 2013.

Alongside storage, the building will also house four restoration studios, an education space, auditorium and a rooftop restaurant.

The conference will address how museums can increase the accessibility and visibility of their stored collections, and how they can go about the task of storing born-digital artefacts, from archives to social media.

It will also look at the challenges and opportunities of current capital storage projects and consider the future of museum storage in the light of the Mendoza review.

Open Up: Making More of Stored Collections takes place on 3 December at the British Museum.

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26.10.2018, 11:18
Will this conference be live streamed please? If yes, could kindly provide the appropriate link? Thank you!
30.10.2018, 11:58
I'm afraid there aren't currently plans to live stream this event.