Yorkshire & Humberside Federation of Museums & Galleries Events

Collections Rationalisation and Disposals
Thursday 4th May 2017
10.00 – 4.00
Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery

Cost £35 for Fed members
£45 for Non-Fed members

First three applications from volunteers will not be charged

Who is this course for?

This training workshop should be of interest to anyone who works with, looks after and or manages collections of any kind in libraries, archives, museums or galleries.

What will it cover?

Collections rationalisation enables a museum to improve its understanding of a collection so that the collection can be used and developed more effectively. This session will explore the benefits of collection reviews and rationalisation, to both the museum and visitors. The session will introduce different methodologies and frameworks, and approaches to planning a collections review. It will also look at the Standards & frameworks that relate to Museum Accreditation, including the new disposal toolkit.

Delegates will be encouraged to participate through discussions and activities, and there will be plenty of opportunity for questions throughout.

Who will be running it?

It will be coordinated and delivered by Alison Mitchelson, YHFed Freelance Assistant Training Officer who is also a freelance curator and collections management consultant. Alison has been working in the museum and heritage sector since 1999; she has a wealth of knowledge and experience, from working as Lead Project Monitor for the HLF to carrying out visitor and audience research at National Museums Scotland and the Army Medical Services Museum. She has a particular interest and expertise in Collections Management, specifically all areas surrounding museum accreditation and inventory projects, gained through positions with the National Trust and English Heritage, as well as small independent museums. Recent and current clients include the Public Catalogue Foundation (now Art UK) the National Trust, Titanic Belfast, The Servite Priory, Benburb and the Northern Ireland War Memorial. She is an experienced trainer in Collections management procedures and has delivered programmes to the National Trust, Northern Ireland Museums Council (NIMC) and YHFED.

To book please use this form.

Fed Conference 2017: Resilience and Community Partnerships

This year we will be looking at practical ways that museums can change and adapt to put themselves at the forefront of their local community and build resilience in a climate of austerity. Our aim is that by the end of the conference you will leave brimming with ideas and advice relevant to your museum or institution.

The themes we will cover include:

  • Working with Volunteers. Advice will be available on where to start, how to better utilise existing groups, and how to provide effective management.
  • Diversifying Collections. Making collections more reflective and inclusive of, and building investment from, the local community.
  • Building Partnerships. How to develop and reinforce effective partnerships with a range of stakeholders as well as other institutions such as libraries and archives.
  • Rationalising collections to make them more accessible, relevant and cost effective, and providing access to collections outside of a ‘normal’ museum environment.
  • Finding funding. What grants are available and how they can work for you.

For those of you that prefer a less structured conference there will be opportunity to discuss current projects at our Information & Advice Tables. Here you will be able to find out how projects have worked in practice, ask questions and pick up tips and ideas.

If you are looking for relevant training then we are running a workshop/taster session on Working with Volunteers. Further information on our full training list will be available and you will have a chance to sign up for updates or provide feedback on training that you would like to see us provide.

Also don’t miss the opportunity to sign up for a tour of Ferens Art Gallery to see how building partnerships with external institutions has allowed them to temporarily expand their collection and exhibitions through the use of loaned works.

To give a wider view of what is happening across the sector we have several speakers. They will include:

Martin Green, Chief Executive of Hull UK City of Culture 2017
Dr David Fleming, President of the Museums Association
Gillian Greaves, Museums Relationship Manager, Arts Council England

Conference tickets are now available to purchase here. Priced at £25 person,

For more information visit the Yorkshire Fed website.




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