Managing collections

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Accreditation Standard

Arts Council guidance documents (June 2014) to accompany the 2011 Accreditation Standard – Section Two: Collections

**Please note the refreshed UK Museum Accreditation Scheme was launched on Thursday 1 November 2018. The revised Standard can be found here and full guidance will be available by the end of 2018.

Collections Care and Conservation: Where can you find out more?
The Collections Trust’s Collections Management Resources enables anyone working or volunteering in a museum to identify resources and standards that will help them to manage and care for their collections

Museums Association: Code of Ethics for Museums

This code supports museums, those who work in and with them and their governing bodies in recognising and resolving ethical issues and conflicts. It sets out the key ethical principles and the supporting actions that museums should take to ensure an ethical approach to their work.

Access the Code of Ethics for Museums here

Museums Association Disposal Toolkit: Guidelines for Museums


SPECTRUM is the UK Museum Collections Management Standard.

SPECTRUM is a publication that takes you through the activities involved in managing a collection and its associated information. It has guidance on 21 procedures of collections management taking you from object entry to deaccessioning. This includes 8 primary procedures that are linked to UK Accreditation.

Currently in its 4th edition SPECTRUM however they are currently consulting on the draft text of the next update – SPECTRUM 5.0.  Please take a look and let them have your feedback by 31 May 2017. They hope to publish the final text in the summer.

Find out more about SPECTRUM.

Subject Specialist Networks Contacts

Contact details for the 40 recognised networks revolving around a subject specialism.  The networks are drawn from established professional membership bodies, or less defined networks of museums.  They act as a democratic forum for the sharing of expertise, research, mentoring and developing best practice

The full list can be found here

Success Guides

The popular series of AIM Success Guides cover subjects which have become vital to museums in more recent times. As always they focus on practical solutions, are written by leading specialists in their fields and include a summary and top tips as well as comprehensive further information sections.

Whats Eating Your Collection?

What’s Eating Your Collection is a website to help you understand what integrated pest management is, how to carry it out and how it can help you in your museum. It will also help you to identify the insects that you find and show you if you need to take action.

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