Dates and venues have been announced for the six seminars supporting Arts Council England’s Building capacity for museum security project, which is being managed by The Collections Trust. They will promote awareness of good practice in museum security and help museums build up knowledge and capacity.
The free seminars will help museum staff ensure their collections remain secure from loss, theft and damage.
Online registration is now open at www.collectionslink.org.uk/securityseminars.
The seminar series will take place at:
- Manchester Museum (20 November)
- The Museum of London (28 November)
- The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (7 January)
- The Discovery Museum in Newcastle (8 February)
- The Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge (14 February)
- The Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter (13 March)
A wide range of supporting material will also be made available, including a Museum Security Checklist and an online resource based on the Collections Link website. Existing published museum security guidance and resources will be audited, collated and refreshed alongside the seminars.
Guest speakers will share their expertise to equip delegates with the capacity and confidence to manage risk and protect their collections. The seminars will be chaired by the Collections Trust, and speakers will include William Brown, National Security Adviser at Arts Council England, and a representative from the Association of Chief Police Officers Crime Prevention Committee. Case studies will be presented by practitioners from regional museums of all sizes.
William Brown, National Security Adviser, Arts Council England, said: “There have been a spate of high-profile thefts in the past few months both here and overseas, and as a result, we are aware that some museums may welcome support to ensure they are protecting their collections at the same time as making them accessible to the public.
“These security seminars held across the country will allow us to discuss good security practice, share issues and ideas, reflect on the role that Arts Council England plays, and also help to equip museums with up-to-date guidance to help ensure their collections are safe and secure for audiences now and in the future”.
The project is one of many initiatives funded by the Arts Council England’s Renaissance Strategic support fund. For more information on the other successful projects funded by the fund, please check the Art’s Council’s website.