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Managing Museum and Archive Collections Together 

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Date: Tuesday 24th January 2023

This event is part of a series of collaborative workshops organised by The National Archives (TNA) and the regional Museum Development teams. This event will be facilitated by staff from TNA and Museum Development teams in the West Midlands and East Midlands.

The course is aimed at those who are managing museum and archive collections together and may not have the professional skills to care for and make the best of both types of collection effectively. It will help museum managers and archive managers to understand more about the challenges of managing mixed collections. It will include relevant case studies, power point presentation and break-out sessions.

The course will include an interactive element where participants can contribute to discussions via Mentimeter. Please ensure that you can access Mentimeter alongside Zoom on your device, or bring along a second device, so that you can join the discussions on the day.

Who should attend?

  • Museum and Archive professionals responsible for managing services
  • Workforce (staff or volunteers) with responsibility for managing collections

Course Objectives

  • to help museum and archive managers to understand more about effective management of mixed (museum and archive) collections
  • to demonstrate where managing archives and museums are similar and where there are differences
  • to highlight how both Accreditation schemes run alongside each other and can dovetail
  • to demonstrate how a complete mixed collection can be managed using the best of each sector
  • to highlight the TNA ‘Managing Mixed Collections’ guidance and AIM ‘Successfully Managing Archives in Museums’ guidance


At the end of the session participants will:

  • have a basic knowledge of how to manage archives and museums alongside each other.
  • understand where practices diverge and where they can use the best of each sector tradition.
  • know where to go for more information on managing archive and museums collections together
  • recognise the connections between the Museum and Archive Service Accreditation schemes
  • feel more confident in managing museum and archive collections together

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About the trainer

Janice Tullock is an Archives and Heritage consultant, working with archive services, museums and organisations outside the cultural sector, to manage collections and develop audiences for services.

Following experience in local authority archive and museum services and in policy development, her consultancy practice has focused on developing audiences for archives, managing collections, supporting the development of archive services and undertaking national strategic projects. Over a 15 year consultancy career clients have included local government, universities, charities, sporting organisations, museums and libraries across the UK. In 2021 she was lead consultant on the development of The National Archives guidance, Managing Mixed Collections. Janice is a member of the Archives Accreditation Committee and an expert mentor on behalf of the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Maximum two delegates per organisation. Priority will be given to delegates from non-NPO and non-National museums in the West Midlands which are Accredited or officially Working Towards Accreditation. Any remaining bookings will be allocated to services in other regions on a first come, first served basis.

If you would benefit from live captioning or any other form of access support, please answer ‘yes’ to the access requirements question on the booking form and email the WMMD team as early as possible stating the support you require.

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

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