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 email@example.com
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.
- Select which category content should fit into by completing a card sorting exercise
- Give your thoughts on the current site by answering a questionnaire
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions regarding the nomination process please contact Lucy Douglas, Events Manager
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 email@example.com or call +44 (0)20 7942 6080.
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
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.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information contact Alex Bird, Sector Development Officer – 07852 138110
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 email@example.com for developmental advice until the end of March as part of our contract with Museum Development North West