How do I? - help sheets

Find information on a wide range of topics relevant to the practice of history, running museums, collections management and conservation. Search by keyword, category or tagged topic to locate the information you are seeking. Each helpsheet relates to an area of the National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries (NSAMG).

Storage and Handling

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.

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Donation form example

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.

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Cultural sensitivity warning examples

This help sheet provides guidance with developing appropriate cultural sensitivity warnings that museums and archives can use to alert visitors to potentially distressing content.

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Conservation, preservation and restoration definitions

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.

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Worker policy: guidelines to writing

This Help Sheet will assist you with writing a Worker policy.

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Visitor Services Policy: guidelines to writing

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.

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Collection summary form

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.  

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Collection Policy guidelines to writing

This help sheet explains what a collection policy is and provides guidelines for writing a collection policy that deals with

  • acquisitions
  • cataloguing
  • loans
  • collection access
  • preventive conversation and deaccessioning and disposal
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Protocols for museums: a summary

This document provides an introduction to, and summary of, the main principles and issues dealt with in current protocols relating to museum practice and museum collections.

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Museum environment

Museums need to maintain appropriate and stable environments to protect and preserve their collection. This Help Sheet introduces you to some of the aspects of museum environment which need to be taken into consideration.

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