Museum Collections Management
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This landmark publication is the first to draw together all aspects of museum collections management in one handbook. It is designed for anyone with responsibility for a cultural collection and covers everything a collections manager needs to know. It describes professional practice in managing cultural objects and works of art, whatever the size and nature of the collection.
The book includes essential information on:
Legal aspects of collections
Ethical issues such as due diligence and immunity from seizure
Up to date concerns such as sustainability, crossing borders and financial constraints
Loans, acquisitions, inventory and movement.
The book describes all collections management procedures in a simple step-by-step process and is clear and easy to use with all procedures based on international museum practice. Examples of real forms, policies and documents drawn from major museums are included throughout the text and act as guides for any transaction.
Readership: Packed full of practical information, advice and good practice, this will be essential reading for all museum professionals, curators of private collections and museum studies students.
Table of Contents
PART 1: COLLECTIONS MANAGEMENT: OVERVIEW AND PRINCIPLES 1. What is collections management? Fundamentals Know what you have and where to find it A brief history An international perspective Summary References 2. Legal requirements Fundamentals Artists’ resale rights Copyright Customs and excise CITES and cultural objects Cultural goods and taxation in the UK Immunity from seizure Summary References 3. Ethical considerations Fundamentals Deaccessioning and disposal Due diligence Provenance Summary References 4. Practical aspects Fundamentals of collection care Risk management Insurance and indemnity Security Emergency response Summary References PART 2: COLLECTIONS MANAGEMENT: PROCESSES 5. Documentation Fundamentals Policy Procedures Information systems Documentation plan Cataloguing Marking and labelling Condition reports Inventories Retrospective documentation Summary References 6. Movement Fundamentals Moving objects within a building Handling Planning and risk assessment for moves Procedures Equipment External moves Planning and risk assessment Packing for transport Transport Documentation Summary References 7. Storage Fundamentals Storage buildings Storage systems Environmental conditions Inventory Hazardous materials Integrated pest management (IPM) Summary References 8. Acquisitions Fundamentals Policy Legal and ethical requirements Contract Procedures Collections impact Catalogue information Provenance Shared or co-owned works Fractional gifts Multiple copies, editioned works and e-media Commissions Unclaimed loans and unwanted gifts Summary References 9. Loans Fundamentals Rights and responsibilities Loans policy Due diligence for loans Loans procedure Facilities report Conditions of loan Valuations Loan agreement Insurance and indemnity Long-term loans Condition inspection Couriers Packing and transport Return Documentation for loans Summary References 10. Exhibitions and displays Fundamentals Due diligence policy for loans Installation In-house displays Loans in Exhibitions Insurance Travelling exhibitions Exhibition costs Summary References 11. Access Fundamentals Options for providing access Policy Risk assessment Study rooms Access to stores Virtual access Summary References Bibliography