Appropriate object handling and storage practices make a big difference to the longevity of collection items. This help sheet relates to standards C2.2 and C2.3 of the National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries and contains useful general collection handling guidelines and information about storage methods and materials.
Museums and collection items do need cleaning. The Housekeeping schedule provides a method for planning cleaning activities in both display and storage areas. Housekeeping activities can be very time consuming so it is worth taking the time to work out what needs to be cleaned, how often and using what methods and resources.
This helpsheet provides a template and guidelines for planning housekeeping activities for collections and museums.
Whether you are gathering background information about objects in your collection or working towards a display, guided tour or educational program, sound research is essential. Developing good research skills and practices will ensure you find the most accurate and most interesting information, and take advantage of the widest possible range of sources. It will make research more enjoyable and rewarding and will result in a better end product.
Donation forms formalise the donation of an item or group of items into a collection. They are an important record of how an item/s came into the collection and are also the means by which the collecting organisation takes legal ownership of items and gains the right to use those items for its purposes.
This help sheet provides guidance with developing appropriate cultural sensitivity warnings that museums and archives can use to alert visitors to potentially distressing content.
Conservation, preservation and restoration are terms that are commonly used by museums. The terms are not interchangeable and it is essential to understand the difference between them. This help sheet provides some clear definitions of these terms.
This Help Sheet will assist you with writing a Worker policy.
A Visitors Services Policy outlines how visitors are managed and ensures that all are welcomed and encouraged to enjoy the experience of visiting the museum. This document will assist you in writing a Visitors Services Policy.
The purpose of preparing a collection summary is to create a basic record of the significance of the museum’s collections. It is a useful way of defining the museum’s collection strengths and weaknesses in relation to its historical context and acts as a prompt to articulate the overall significance of the museum collection and/or groups of items.