What’s In Store? A new programme to help tackle documentation backlogs

Museum Development North West

Collections Trust, in partnership with MDNW, has developed a programme for North West museums to support those struggling to resolve their documentation backlogs.

Accredited museums must have a plan to resolve their documentation backlogs (requirement 2.5). As well as best practice, documentation planning helps museums improve and enhance their records and focus resources, so that their collections can contribute to different engagement activities.

However we know that museums sometimes find this requirement confusing, for example what counts as a documentation backlog for Accreditation?

A strategic aim for Collections Trust is to ‘…work in partnership with other sector bodies to reduce significantly the number of UK museums without an appropriate inventory of their holdings.’

We have developed this pilot programme, ‘What’s In Store?’, with Museum Development North West, to work with a group of museums to develop appropriate documentation plans and get to grips with their backlogs.

The improved Inventory procedure…

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