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New Search of UK and European Collections

image: Culture Grid logoAs part of Collection Trust’s mission to give everyone greater access to culture, arts and heritage from across the globe, whilst promoting UK collections internationally, over 30 million items from 1000’s of UK and European museums, galleries, libraries and archives can now be easily found using Collection Trust’s Culture Grid search www.culturegrid.org.uk.

SHARE Museums East Collections access and the use of technology in museums

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SHARE Museums East in collaboration with the Collections Trust have compiled a report on collections access and the use of technology in museums.

Click below to access the report:
Collections access and the use of technology in museums

Research: Heather Lomas, museum consultant

Authors: Heather Lomas and Natasha Hutcheson, Norfolk Museum and
Archaeology Service


Editor: Alex Dawson, Collections Trust

For further resources go to the SHARE Museums East resource page:

SHARE Museums East Resource Page

Collections Trust launches Collections Management Awards

Collections Trust logoThe Collections Trust has announced that nominations are now open for the inaugural Collections Trust Collections Management Awards. Presentation of the Awards will take place in London on 26 June during the evening reception of OpenCulture 2012, the annual collections management conference presented by the Collections Trust. 
 
The two awards for which nominations are now being sought are: 
 
1.The Collections Practice Award: celebrating projects which demonstrate the application of innovative practice to improve the sustainability and use of collections in arts and cultural organisations.
 
2. Collections on a Budget: celebrating projects which demonstrate improvement in collections management by organisations with a turnover of less than EUR500k. The winner of this award will receive a prize of £500.
 
The Collections Trust champions best collections practice within the sector, so it naturally makes sense to recognise organisations adhering to these guidelines within their own work. 
 
Nick Poole, CEO of Collections Trust, says: “We are delighted to be introducing these new awards which are a most timely addition to our portfolio. It is now, more than ever, that good practice in collections management is needed, in order to achieve sustainable and creative cultural organisations.”
 
Deadline for nominations is the 11th May. For more information on eligibility criteria and how to submit a nomination please visit www.collectionslink.org.uk/awards.
 
For more information about the Awards please contact Hayley Russell, Events Manager, on 020 7942 6081 or [email protected]   

Public Consultation on Smarter Loans

Smarter Loans is a collaborative piece of work to review the key principles of loans in the UK and set out guidance for what this means in practice, undertaken as part of the Effective Collections programme.

The Museums Association is running a public consultation on the draft guidance document, Smarter Loans: Principles for lending and borrowing from UK museums. Individuals, museums and other groups within the sector are invited to comment on this draft by 21 October 2011. To participate in the consultation please visit: www.museumsassociation.org/collections/smarter-loans

Read more about the resource on this website (external link)

We Chose It! Connecting collections and communities

The toolkit aims to share the lessons learned during the development of Thinktank’s community curated exhibition, “Changing Times: Our messages from the past to the present”. This innovative exhibition was developed by a diverse group of local residents working in partnership with museum staff. The choice of theme, selection of artefacts and writing of text were all carried out by the group, who also worked with the exhibition designer. The toolkit sets out how the exhibition was developed and provides useful practical tips for anybody wanting to engage new and local audiences with museum collections.

Risk Assessment Template: General Visit

One of a series of really useful templates from the Dover Museum showing an example risk assessment for a general site visit.

Risk Assessment Template: Drama Workshops

One of a series of really useful templates from the Dover Museum showing an example risk assessment for a drama workshop.

Risk Assessment Template: Art Workshops

One of a series of really useful templates from the Dover Museum showing an example risk assessment for a general art workshop.

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