Making Collections Effective - Museums Association Report

The Museums Association have published a report reviewing their strategy 'Collections for the Future' It is a well written report with sensible proposals - the aim is to try to make use of the vast hidden resource of museum objects in the store. It consists of suggestions of toolkits, brokering, training, web resources, best practice etc.

The main strategies seem to be to encourage the big museums to open up their hidden treasures through the medium of 'brokers' to 'matchmake' between borrowers and lenders. A more controversial aspect is the suggestion that the code of ethics need to be changed to remove the presumption against disposal. Now, in the context of a proper disposal strategy, disposal is to be - well not encouraged exactly but not actively discouraged, and even more controversially, in a small number of cases to allow disposal for profit.

What a dangerous suggestion!

Making Collections Effective - Museums Associatio Report

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