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Collections

Access to Archaeological ArchivesNew Publication

This report seeks to define the costs associated with the storage of, and provision of access to, archaeological archives in museums, for the financial year 2002-03. Range statements were used to define levels of provision and a simple questionnaire to record costs. A total of 12 museums made up the sample for the study, which covered 22 buildings.

Access to Archaeological Archives Report (PDF 645KB)format: pdf v.1.4
Access to Archaeological Archives (Word 843KB)format: doc

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Advocacy of stewardship on the web

The results of a recent study examining how a variety of cultural heritage institutions and organisations convey information about collection management, care and access to diverse audiences through their websites is now available.

The review examines and grades over 100 English language websites across the three domains, providing commentaries on their individual strengths and direct links by URLs to the top level of the most relevant area. They have been selected to showcase what can be achieved at different operational scales and in diverse environments.

format: docWord 1.05MB format: pdf v.1.4PDF 1.33MB

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Benchmarks in Collection Care

Stewardship is central to the development and use of collections, and lies at the foundation of MLA's ambition to ensure sustainable access to our cultural heritage for all. In recognition of this MLA has developed this handbook, which sets out clear and realistic benchmarks for museum, archive and library collections.

Benchmarks in Collection Care is a self-assessment checklist to help organisations in the sector identify how well they are caring for their collections, give an indication of where and what improvements might be needed, and provide a practical framework for measuring future progress.

Benchmarks in Collection Care (PDF 380KB) format: pdf v.1.3.

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Overview of Collections Information and Advice in the Museums, Archives and Library Domains

These three reports have been written to determine the range of collections’ management information and advice available across the sector of museums, archives and libraries. The overview of each domain is a preliminary to a detailed feasibility study for setting up a central, national, cross-domain information and advisory service. Each report examines the views of those who make use of these resources, and those who provide them, exploring existing sources of information and identifying scope for further development.

Museums Domain: format: docWord 384KB format: pdf v.1.4PDF 630KB

Archives Domain: format: docWord 326KB format: pdf v.1.4PDF 452KB

Library Domain: format: docWord 351KB format: pdf v.1.4PDF 345KB

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Managing the Preservation of Library and Archive Collections in Historic Buildings

The National Preservation Office has recently published Managing the Preservation of library and Archive Collections in Historic Buildings, the latest in its Preservation Guidance Occasional Papers. MLA funded the production of this new publication. Copies are available from:

National Preservation Office, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB, Tel: 020 7412 7612, Fax: 020 7412 7796, E-mail: npo@bl.uk

It is also posted on the NPO's website http://www.bl.uk/npo/

MLA funded this work as it wishes to ensure that libraries have ready access to well-informed advice and guidance about the problems and practical solutions relating to caring for collections housed in historic buildings. It builds on the Library and Information Commission (LIC) funded research project (2001) carried out by Susan Hughes.

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INFOSAVE: saving our national written heritage from the threat of acid deterioration

A key aim of the demonstrator project was to show that a project of mass deacidification for UK collections could be carried out, using a model technical specification.

The project has proved that material from the UK can be effectively selected, packaged and despatched to a variety of locations, and that the technical specification was sufficiently robust to achieve the desired results.

format: docWord 858KB format: pdf v.1.4PDF 1.60MB

Guidelines for Handling Collections in Museums, Galleries and Children's Centres

format: docWord 452KB format: pdf PDF 534KB

Preserving the Past for the Future

Preserving the Past for the Future (HTML)
Preserving the Past for the Future (Word)
Collections Management and Development Group Meeting (14 Feb 2002) (HTML)

Any comments or suggestions on issues relating to stewardship and management of collections should be sent to Peter Winsor at MLA.
Email: peter.winsor@mla.gov.uk Tel: 020 7273 1457.

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