Collections care

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Art UK

Art UK has launched Curations, a revolutionary free digital tool allowing anyone anywhere to create an online exhibition.

Museums and other public collections can also mount digital exhibitions of physical shows that have closed or imagine exhibitions they would like to stage in the future.  During lockdown, Curations will be of particular value to collections.

Collections Trust

Collections Trust have a dedicated web page ‘Collections in lockdown‘ where you will find useful resources for the current museum lockdown. Current resources include:

  • GIS advice on meeting security and environmental conditions
  • Conservation and care of collections during the Coronavirus pandemic
  • COVID-19: Cleaning historic surfaces
  • Collection care in lockdown – things to consider
  • Assess and manage risk in collections care

They will add to them regularly, working with Arts Council England, Museum Development Network colleagues, and other sector bodies.  Please keep checking the page for updates.

East Midlands Museum Development

East Midlands Museum Development has shared the link to their Caring for Collections in Lockdown resource.  This includes a checklist template and training video to aid museum staff and volunteers who wish to undertake regular site visits for collections care and security purposes during the current Covid-19 outbreak.


ICON and the ICON Care of Collections Group have published a new guide and checklist to outline how to address collection conservation issues that might have occurred during the Cooronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown period.  Read it here

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