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By West Midlands Museum Development / Posted on Monday 19th July 2021

Over the last three years West Midlands Museum Development (WMMD) has been working closely with Collections Trust to deliver Banish the Backlog. The programme supports small groups of museums, helping them to improve procedures and develop realistic plans to improve their documentation.

We are now seeking museums who would like to take part in the next round of the Banish the Backlog programme, to start in September 2021.

How will it help you?

Banish the Backlog will help you if you’re struggling to make documentation a priority or find the time to dedicate to your documentation plan. The programme will support your work to meet the 2018 Accreditation Standard, particularly the requirement to follow the Spectrum primary procedures (requirement 5.2).

The programme is led by Sarah Brown, Outreach Manager with Collections Trust. She will meet with the group two to three times a year to provide focus and an environment for sharing ideas and discussing issues. Sarah and the WMMD team will provide advice and guidance on tackling practical issues and developing planning tools. The museums involved will all be at different stages but you’ll all be keen to get to grips with your documentation.

Success looks different for each museum and we’ll tailor the support to help you meet your organisation’s goals.

In previous rounds, many museums looked at their procedural manual for the first time in years and made updates so that it’s more usable, hopefully preventing any future problems building up. Others now have a more realistic plan with achievable goals, which they’re starting to put into action. Several are tying up the last few loose ends, like making decisions about un-accessioned objects found during an inventory and deciding on their next set of priorities.


If you are interested in taking part in the Banish the Backlog programme please complete the Expression of Interest and return it to by 5pm, 31 August.

If you have any questions or would like to know more, please contact Olivia Basterfield for an informal chat about the programme.

Download the Expression of Interest form

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.

If you applied in April to be part of this cohort and have already had your place confirmed by WMMD, you do not need to apply again.

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