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Entering the Museum: Object Entry, Acquisition and Accessioning for Trustees

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Date: Wednesday 18th May 2022

Collections Trust, East Midlands Museum Development (MDEM) and West Midlands Museum Development (WMMD) are partnering to bring a series of three workshops for museum trustees, focusing on collections management.

We recommend you attend all three sessions, however each event works as a stand alone session should you be unable to attend all of them.

Entering the Museum: Object Entry, Acquisition and Accessioning for Trustees

This second session will explore the management and documentation involved with the acquisition and accessioning of objects, using the Spectrum 5.0 procedures as a framework.

How do you manage objects coming into your organisation? Do you have problems with unsolicited donations and what can you do with the stuff you don’t want? What is important in acquisition-related decision-making?

There will opportunities to discuss with colleagues, ask questions throughout and submit questions in advance.

By the end of the session, delegates will:

  • Understand the role of the Spectrum standard, and its supporting guidance, in relation to museum Accreditation
  • Understand policy considerations for acquisitions
  • Understand organisational responsibilities relating to acquisitions
  • Understand the Spectrum requirements for Object entry and Acquisition and accessioning
  • Know where to find more information and guidance

Before the session:

  • If possible, read what Spectrum has to say about Object entry and Acquisition and accessioning – including the standard and suggested procedure
  • Think about how acquisitions are processed in your museum, referring to the in-house procedural manual, if you have access to it. You might also find it useful to have it with you to refer to during the session.

Places are limited, no more than two trustees per organisation. Priority will be given to Trustees who are part of the new West Midlands Trustee Network. To join please complete the Expression of Interest.

The sessions will be live captioned through StageText and MyClearText.

All participants will receive an email containing a Zoom link prior to each event. The email will be sent to the email address used for booking. If you have not received an email by the day before the event please contact us.

Entering the Museum: Object Entry, Acquisition and Accessioning for Trustees
Wednesday 18 May, 2pm-4pm

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