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Planning for Success: Collections Development for Trustees

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Date: Wednesday 27th April 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.

Planning for Success: Collections Development for Trustees

This first session will focus on Collections Development Policy, exploring its role in the museum, how to develop one, and its value to the museum in a practical sense. We will consider themes relevant to the policy such as organisation responsibilities and evaluating the current state of collections.

Collections Trust will provide a brief overview of Spectrum to provide context. We will examine the Accreditation Collections Development Policy template and discuss scenarios and issues related to the different sections.

This event will be an opportunity for peer support and learning. Delegates are invited to send questions in advance, and ask questions and discuss during the session.

By the end of the session, you will:

  • Understand what a Collections Development Policy is and what it should contain
  • Understand how to develop a Collections Development Policy that is fit for purpose
  • Understand the role and value of a Collections Development Policy in decision-making and prevention of common problem areas
  • Know where to find more information and guidance

Before the session:

  • Read your Collections Development Policy, if you have access to one. You will also find it useful to have this with you to refer to during the session, if possible.

There will be an optional half hour trustee networking session at the end of this event.

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.

Planning for Success: Collections Development for Trustees 
Wednesday 27 April, 2pm-4pm

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