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  • Good Practice Case Studies: Forward Planning at Kirkleatham Museum

    image: Kirkleatham Museum, case study exploring the Forward Planning process at Kirkleatham Museum, the museums service for Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council. This case study includes Kirkleatham’s 2012 - 17 Forward Plan, submitted with their Accreditation Return.

    Who's it for?

    • Museums needing to write or update a Forward Plan
    • Museums submitting their Accreditation return
    • Anyone looking for guidance on Accreditation requirements


    This is one of a series of case studies illustrating how Accredited museums have developed their strategy and policy to meet the needs of their own services, as well as to meet the Accreditation Standard. 



    Author: Alex Dawson
    Publisher: Collections Trust and Arts Council England
    Publication date: 09-12-2013

Collections Management

  • Benchmarks in Collections Care 2.0 resource list

    image: Language of Lead & Letters of Lead by Steve Manthorp and Sue Lawty at Killhope Lead Mining Museum, part of museumaker - See more at:

    Benchmarks in Collection Care 2.0 is a self assessment checklist, which sets out clear and realistic benchmarks for the care of collections.

    Many museums use Benchmarks as a performance management tool to review and measure their current standards of collections care and work towards improvement.





    Benchmarks helps to:

    • highlight the importance of collections care
    • identify achievement in collection care
    • give an indication of which improvements in collections care might be needed
    • provide a practical framework for measuring progress, and creating forward plans
    • provide a framework for managing risk to your collection

Going Digital

  • Copyright and Digital Content

    image: cameraThe growth of the internet has provided collection holders with more opportunities to digitise, adapt, publish and share material. The possibilities for collaboration have increased and the availability of large digitisation grants has made it possible for organisations to undertake some of their most extensive reproduction projects to date. However, the relative ease of reproducing resources with new media means that you need to be aware of the implications for your collections.

Museum Development Support


  • UK Funding Bodies Supporting Participatory Practice

    image: participation fundingThis article provides an introduction to UK funding bodies that support participatory practice (the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Creative Scotland, Big lottery Fund, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation), and includes links to their publications, strategic documents, and funding streams related to participation, and links to related articles and case studies reviewed in this portal.

Risk Management