The Future for Collections
Nick Poole, Collections Trust
Chief Executive, Collections Trust
Regional Policy Adviser, MLA
National ICT Adviser, MLA
Client Liaison, UBS Warburg
History & Philosophy of Science, UCL
Fine Art Foundation, St Martins
A new pragmatism
A new balance
A new Social Contract
The death of Documentation
The Digital Economy
We can’t stop time | We acquired too much too fast |
We are hoarding | The problem wasn’t money after all |
Our core proposition is strong | A project culture is not
the best way of achieving change | A performance
culture is about ticking boxes | We can’t afford it...
Welcome to the ‘austerity’ museum
The new balance...
Once every 4-5 years, the pendulum
swings between collections and
access, conservation and
learning, ‘front of house’ and ‘back
The new balance says that they are
one and the same thing. It’s about
creating integrated organisations.
We have a dream...
A Service to
the passing of
It’s no longer about specialism & databases...
• Understanding the connections
• Managing programmes & resources
• Taking people with you
Collections Management gives you stability,
confidence, creative freedom, the ability to be
open with your Collections.
Technology has made publishers of us all
The consumer expects to be able to plan a
visit, look at a map...
Every indication is that there is no demand
for collections on the Web
The age of Digitisation is at an end
The age of projects and pilots and
demonstrators will soon be at an end
The Internet economy is built on search &
advertising. Both require critical mass. We
have to go where the people are.
How will your kids
And their kids...?
How will your kids
The new economy is creating many strange new alliances. Where
are the boundaries beyond which we stop being museums and start
being something else? Can we continue to justify uneconomic
behaviour on the basis that culture is an intrinsic public good? How
do we feel about selling our brand, and putting the public trust in
museums up to the highest bidder?
No matter what
excites, interests or motivates
you about working with
museums, libraries or
archives, if you don’t
Management, the interplay of
disciplines and the underlying
models of how these places
work, you won’t achieve
Our sector is changing fast...
At stake is the opportunity to articulate a new
kind of museums sector for a new kind of
Your opportunity is to build on 30 years of
knowledge about how to create, manage
and share collections so that they really
can change peoples lives.
We’re looking for a placement
01223 316 028