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Expert Eye 2020 – Deadline extended to 2 October

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By West Midlands Museum Development / Posted on Monday 21st September 2020

Are you looking for an expert to help with your collections?

Many of us have objects or unique collections in our museums that we know little about. A lack of knowledge can sometimes prevent us from sharing them with our visitors and wider audiences. This is where Expert Eye can help.

West Midlands Museum Development (WMMD) has been running the programme for five years, supporting museums across the West Midlands region to improve their knowledge, expertise and confidence about some of the collections they hold.

What does Expert Eye support?

  • Improvements to documentation, catalogues and the management of underused collections
  • The development of staff knowledge and confidence
  • The interpretation of the collection items
  • Knowledge sharing across the museum’s staff and volunteers

This programme aims to improve collections management and care of collections skills. It will support museums with the Managing Collections requirements of the 2018 Museum Accreditation Standard, with particular reference to 5.2 and 6.2.

WMMD will support the cost of a subject specialist for a maximum of two days to work remotely with up to four museums.  A wide range of collections subjects have been covered over the last five years including; agricultural collections, costume, archives, ceramics, pharmaceutical and medical collections, a fluid specimen collection, archaeology, industrial collections, military medals and world cultures.  This list is not exhaustive, and you may have something different which you wish to explore.

Want to know more?

If you would like to discuss the Expert Eye project in more detail please contact

To apply

Please download the Expression of Interest form here.  Expressions of Interest must be returned no later than 5pm, Friday 2 October.

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