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Collections Review Seminar Perth - Stockport Museum Service Case Study - Katie Cavanagh


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Collections Review Seminar Perth - Stockport Museum Service Case Study - Katie Cavanagh

  1. 1. Katie Cavanagh Collections Officer Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
  2. 2. Stockport’s Museums <ul><li>Stockport Story Museum – Social History </li></ul><ul><li>Staircase House – Historic House </li></ul><ul><li>Bramall Hall – Historic House </li></ul><ul><li>Chadkirk Chapel – Historic Chapel </li></ul><ul><li>Stockport Art Gallery </li></ul><ul><li>Air Raid Shelters </li></ul><ul><li>Vernon Park Museum and Park </li></ul><ul><li>Hat Works – Museum of Hatting and Headwear </li></ul>
  3. 3. Stockport’s Museum Collections <ul><li>Social History </li></ul><ul><li>Industrial History and machinery </li></ul><ul><li>Fine and Decorative Art </li></ul><ul><li>Costume </li></ul><ul><li>Natural Sciences </li></ul><ul><li>Archaeology and Ethnography </li></ul><ul><li>Hatting and Headwear </li></ul>
  4. 4. Factors Influencing Review of Collections <ul><li>New Curatorial Team </li></ul><ul><li>Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Collections Store move </li></ul><ul><li>Inventory of collections </li></ul><ul><li>Increased use of collections </li></ul>
  5. 5. New Curatorial Team <ul><li>Knowledge and experience </li></ul><ul><li>No baggage </li></ul><ul><li>Fresh approach </li></ul>
  6. 6. Projects <ul><li>Opening of Staircase House – 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>An historic house with room settings </li></ul><ul><li>Opening of Stockport Story Museum – 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Local history museum </li></ul>
  7. 7. Collections Store Move From To
  8. 8. Inventory of Collections <ul><li>Systematic inventory – box by box </li></ul><ul><li>Entry of information onto collections database </li></ul><ul><li>Increased access to collections </li></ul>
  9. 9. Use of Collections <ul><li>Temporary Exhibition spaces </li></ul><ul><li>Active Education programme </li></ul><ul><li>Increased outreach and informal learning workshops </li></ul>
  10. 10. Methodology <ul><li>Categorisation of objects: </li></ul><ul><li>Entry backlog </li></ul><ul><li>Unknown provenance objects </li></ul><ul><li>Accessioned objects </li></ul>
  11. 11. Methodology <ul><li>Report to Council Committee: </li></ul><ul><li>Short report </li></ul><ul><li>Detailing areas in need of attention </li></ul><ul><li>Information on how review is being carried out </li></ul>
  12. 12. Methodology <ul><li>Procedures for backlog items: </li></ul><ul><li>Letter to donor </li></ul><ul><li>Consent form for accessioning, transfer, handling or disposal </li></ul><ul><li>Regular decision making meetings </li></ul>
  13. 13. Methodology <ul><li>Criteria for disposal: </li></ul>Outside collecting policy or not suitable for the collections.
  14. 14. Methodology <ul><li>Criteria for disposal: </li></ul>Not suitable for handling collections
  15. 15. Methodology <ul><li>Criteria for disposal: </li></ul>Poses a threat to the collections
  16. 16. Methodology <ul><li>Criteria for disposal: </li></ul>Poses a Health & Safety risk
  17. 17. Methodology <ul><li>Criteria for disposal: </li></ul>Is a duplicate
  18. 18. Methodology <ul><li>Criteria for disposal: </li></ul>Beyond reasonable repair
  19. 19. Methodology <ul><li>Procedures for disposal: </li></ul><ul><li>Follow SPECTRUM procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Photograph everything </li></ul><ul><li>Document it to within an inch of its life </li></ul>
  20. 20. Methodology <ul><li>Transparency of decision making: </li></ul><ul><li>Be open about what you’re doing and why </li></ul><ul><li>Involve Councillors, Executive Members and senior management </li></ul><ul><li>Produce regular updates </li></ul>
  21. 21. Outcomes <ul><li>Improved collections care </li></ul><ul><li>Refined Acquisition and Disposal policy </li></ul><ul><li>Improved handling collections </li></ul><ul><li>Good relations with Councillors and Executive Members </li></ul><ul><li>Valuing new members of staff </li></ul><ul><li>Appreciation of procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Rationalisation / disposal of objects </li></ul>
  22. 22. Outcomes Objects disposed of: