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By Collections Trust / Posted on Tuesday 31st March 2020

Can you access your collections data while your museum is in lockdown?

Collections Trust wants to help, but first they need to know the scale and nature of the problem.

They’re conducting a quick survey to find out whether museum personnel are able to work with collections data from home. It will only take five minutes to complete, but will reveal whether or not there’s a widespread problem.  Although they can’t make any promises, they’ll coordinate with collections management software suppliers and sector bodies to try to find workarounds.

The survey is open until Monday 13 April and you can find it here.  Whether you can or you can’t work on your collections data remotely, Collections Trust would be very grateful if you could fill it in.  Thanks very much!

Collections care in lockdown – panel discussion

Collection Trust know a lot of you are concerned about how you’ll manage to care for your collections during the current lockdown, so it has assembled an expert panel to offer advice and answer your questions.

The hour-long discussion will take place on Tuesday 7 April at 11am and will be streamed live via the Collections Trust YouTube channel.  The panel will include Sarah Brown, Collections Trust’s Outreach Officer, and experts drawn from the Museum Development Network.

There is no need to register, but please submit your questions by Friday 3 April using the form on the Collections Trust website.  If you can’t join in live, you’ll be able to catch up with the video after the event.

We’ve also drawn together a selection of resources that are particularly relevant to caring for collections during the lockdown and you can find these on our website here.

Join Collections Trust for a virtual cup of coffee

Collections Trust would like to invite you to a weekly online get-together to chat about a museum topic over your elevenses.

On Wednesday 8 April we’ll be talking about how you’re adapting to working on collections management during the current lockdown, so join them at 11am to raise any issues and share your tips.  The Coffee Time get-together will be hosted via an online platform that should work with whatever browser you use, and without the need for you to install anything else. Using your webcam is optional!

To take part in the conversation via your web browser, go to this link. Alternatively, you can join in on the phone (UK only) by dialling 0330 336 0036 and entering the guest PIN, which is 262440.

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