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Collections Care Skills Sharing Programme

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By West Midlands Museum Development / Posted on Monday 12th June 2017

Do you have a collections management skill that you could share with colleagues from other museums? Are you looking for an opportunity to develop a skill in a particular area of collections care? Maybe the new West Midlands Museum Development (WMMD) Collections Skills Dating Service can help.

WMMD is offering a ‘dating service’ to bring museums together to support skills development and in the process provide an extra pair of hands (or two) to help on the ground with discreet collections care projects or tasks.

How it works…
If your museum has a current or forthcoming project for example collections packing, documentation backlogs, cataloguing, IPM programme, or exhibition installation, which could be offered as an opportunity for developing skills, or if you are looking for an opportunity to develop skills in these areas complete the forms below and return to

The details of the opportunities and skills required will be circulated via the e-newsletters and updates. The hosts and skill seekers can then choose who they want to work with.

Host Organisations should:

  • Provide a clear project or task which covers specific collections management skills
  • Provide a dedicated member of staff to work with the skill seeker for the agreed period (for example one day or two half days)
  • Risk assessments, insurance, protective clothing and health and safety etc. are the responsibility of the host organisation

Any arrangements working hours, bringing packed lunches, using on-site catering facilities etc. to be agreed between the host organisation and the skill seeker in advance.  Bursaries to assist with staffing costs of up to £250 per placement may be available to the host organisation from WMMD.

Skills Seekers should:

  • Show clearly which skill(s) they are looking to develop
  • Advise the host organisation of any special requirements
  • Provide a brief case study to WMMD about their experience

Travel bursaries of up to £50 per placement may be available to each skill seeker from WMMD.

Skills sharing host form     Skills seeker form


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