Tagged: Collections Trust

Call for Conference Papers: How Are You Using the New Spectrum Procedures?

One year on from the launch of Spectrum 5.0, Collections Trust are keen to explore how the latest version is being put into practice for their 2018 conference . If your museum is using either of the two new procedures, Reproduction or Collections review, and you would like to talk about how it’s going, then they would like to hear from you.

Interested parties should email Kevin Gosling at kevin@collectionstrust.org.uk


Collections Trust Award 2017

The Collections Trust Award recognises the achievements of those who manage the collections that lie at the heart of all museums. This year, they are looking for great examples of collections management projects that demonstrate everyone in the museum pulling together.

For the first time the award comes with £2,000 for the winning museum and an opportunity to present your project at the Collections Trust conference. 

Entry is open to all Accredited UK museums and galleries. The closing date is Monday 4th September.

Further information about the Award can be found on the Collections Trust website here.

Pulling Together: Collections Trust 2017 Conference

Being responsible for collections management can feel like ploughing a lone furrow. But it’s actually a museum-wide task that needs everyone to pull together – from the governing body to the people on the front desk.

This year’s Collections Trust conference considers the human side of documentation systems, the people who capture and share information that gives museum objects meaning.

For more information and details on how to book visit the conference website.

Job Opportunity: Collections Trust

Salary – £26,000 (pro-rata, 0.6 full-time equivalent)
Contract – Permanent
Location – Based in Shoreditch, London
Hours – Three days per week
Deadline for applications Noon, Wednesday 19th July
Interviews – Thursday 27th July 2017

The job description and person specification are set out here. To apply, please email them your CV and a covering letter explaining how you meet the person specification and why you would be right for this job. The email address for applications is office@collectionstrust.org.uk. Please use the link on this page to download our equal opportunity monitoring form and return the completed form with your application. (The form is not used in the shortlisting process.) In your CV, please include links to online samples of your work, such as social media accounts or blogs you have run on behalf of relevant organisations. Please note that interviews will include a practical writing exercise.

SPECTRUM 5.0 Consultation

From Collections Trust:

We are delighted to say that the consultation draft of SPECTRUM 5.0 is now available on our website:

This is an open consultation, so we hope that as many people as possible will look at the draft and give us their comments and questions. The deadline for feedback is 8 May, and the preferred way of receiving it from the wider community is via the feedback forms at the foot of the relevant webpages.

In particular, we hope that the primary procedures are now clearer, especially on how to compile core inventory information, and the difference between this and cataloguing.

If you have any queries please contact us at office@collectionstrust.org.uk

Collections Trust – Usability testing

The Collections Trust is currently in the planning stages of redeveloping their website and they need your input.

Their first step is to gain feedback from you, their website users. You can have your say by completing one, or both of the following short exercises.

The Collections Trust website is home to a vast array of useful information and resources. The information and data collected will help them ensure these are easier to access, and it will help them to improve their overall user experience.

The Collections Trust Awards 2015

Celebrating excellence in Collections Management: Nominations open!

Nominations are now open for the Collections Trust Awards, which will be taking place at the Collections Trust Annual Conference at the Natural History Museum in London on 22 September 2015. If you’ve completed a great project or a colleague has demonstrated exceptional expertise during the past year, then you should enter the Collections Trust Awards 2015. Presented during the conference, the Awards are the pinnacle of recognition for all those in the Collections Management community.

Applications are welcome from arts and cultural organisations in the UK. Judges will assess nominations on the basis of eligibility, excellence, impact on sustainability and innovation.


The awards for which nominations are currently being sought are:

  • Collections Manager of the Year Award
    this award recognises and celebrates the achievements of a Collections Manager in a UK Museum that has ‘made a difference’ (Nominations only).
  • Collections Practice Award
    This award celebrates projects which demonstrate the application of innovation practice to improve the sustainability and use collection arts and cultural organisations.
  • Participatory Practice Award
    The award highlights an exceptional example of how participatory practice has benefitted a museum by enhancing its relationships with its users.
  • Collections on a Budget Award
    The aim of this award is to celebrate projects which demonstrate improvement in collections management by organisations with a turnover of less than £500,000. The winner of this award will receive a prize of £500.


26 June: Nominations open
13 July: Judges announced
14 August: Nominations close
21 August: Shortlist finalised and judging starts
4 September: Judges complete their deliberations
22 September: Awards presented at the Collections Trust Annual Conference

How to submit a nomination

All awards except for the Collections Manager of the Year, can be either nominated or self–nominated. Full details on how to submit your nomination are on the entry forms. To submit a nomination download and complete the appropriate form and then submit it to awards@collectionstrust.org.uk

CT Awards Nomination Form – People
CT Awards Nomination Form – Project

If you have any questions regarding the nomination process please contact Lucy Douglas, Events Manager

Sponsorship opportunities

The Collections Trust Awards can provide a sponsor with extensive publicity and profile throughout the awards process, from the initial announcement and call for nominations, through the judging process, and at the announcement of the shortlist.

Overall sponsorship of the Collections Trust Awards can be tailored to meet a sponsor’s specific requirements. Sponsorship of an individual award is also available as a prime opportunity to gain exceptional profile in the collections community.

For more information and an initial discussion contact the Collections Trust’s Events Manager Lucy Douglas at lucy@collectionstrust.org.uk or call +44 (0)20 7942 6080.

The Collections Trust invites applications for new Collections Management Traineeship Programme


The Collections Trust has announced a Call for Applicants for a new Collections Management Traineeship Programme developed with the support of the Arts Council England.

The programme will support up to 20 museum trainees from museums in England in developing their Collections Management skills and competencies through a combination of CPD planning, peer support and workplace-based development. Traineeships are expected to take place between October 2014 and September 2015.

Speaking about the Traineeships Programme, Collections Trust CEO Nick Poole comments, “We are really excited to be able to announce this new programme for the Collections Trust, with the support of the Arts Council England. As the professional association for people working in Collections Management, we are committed to helping museum professionals develop their skills, contribute to best practice and build their careers. Traineeships are a great way of building confidence and experience in professional Collections Management.”

Isabel Wilson, Senior Manager Quality and Standards at Arts Council England, comments, “We are really pleased to be supporting this pilot. These free traineeships will offer really valuable opportunities for people working with museum collections to have the space, support and resources to develop their working practice.”

Full information about the Collections Management Traineeship Programme, along with details of how to apply, eligibility criteria and information for employers are available from the Collections Trust’s website at www.collectionstrust.org.uk/traineeships




OpenCulture 2014 – Free Conference Places

Museum Development North West are pleased to announce that there are a two of FREE places at this year’s OpenCulture Conference in London on 25th & 26th June.

OpenCulture is a unique event for the collections community, which focuses on the key issues that interest and concern all those directing, managing and running museums, archives, galleries and specialist libraries in the UK and overseas.

Full programme

Museum Development North West recognises that it is important for museum professionals to connect with colleagues through conferences and networking events, but also how stretched budgets can be when it comes to professional development.

If you would like a free place then you need to tell us that you will:

Commit to attending the whole conference
Cover your own travel costs and all expenses
Feedback to colleagues and the region via our blog
Send us any relevant information and feedback to put on the MDNW website

How to apply

These two opportunities are open to all museum professionals in the North West, except members of staff of Major Partner Museums and National Museums. Please send an expression of interest stating how you and your organisation will benefit from what is to Alex Bird by 5PM Friday 23rd May – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

For more information contact Alex Bird, Sector Development Officer – 07852 138110

Collections Trust Awards for – Best Practice in Collections 2013 – open for nominations

Collections Trust have opened nominations for the 2013 Collections Trust Awards. The awards will be presented at Open Culture Conference in London on 2nd July.

There are two award categories:

  • Best Collections Practice –  celebrates projects which demonstrate the application of innovative practice to improve the sustainability and use of collections in arts and cultural organisations.
  • Collections on a Budget – celebrates projects which demonstrate improvement in collections management by organisations with a turnover of less than £500,000. The winner of this award will receive a prize of £500.

The awards aim to encourage the best possible practice, and recognise and celebrate outstanding work in the collections community in the UK.

To see the announcement, click here

To find out how to enter, click here

Closing date for nominations is 30th April 2013

If you want to discuss your collections project, or need advice on aspects of Collections Management don’t forget you can contact Collections Mangement Network on mdnw@cmnetwork.org.uk for developmental advice until the end of March as part of our contract with Museum Development North West