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Museum Collections Management

A Handbook

By Freda Matassa

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Format: Paperback, 272 pages, New ed. Edition
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 May 2011
This landmark publication is the first to draw together all aspects of museum collections management in one handbook. It is designed for anyone with responsibility for a cultural collection and covers everything a collections manager needs to know. It describes professional practice in managing cultural objects and works of art, whatever the size and nature of the collection. The book includes essential information on: - Legal aspects of collections - Ethical issues such as due diligence and immunity from seizure - Up to date concerns such as sustainability, crossing borders and financial constraints - Loans, acquisitions, inventory and movement. The book describes all collections management procedures in a simple step-by-step process and is clear and easy to use with all procedures based on international museum practice. Examples of real forms, policies and documents drawn from major museums are included throughout the text and act as guides for any transaction. Readership: Packed full of practical information, advice and good practice, this will be essential reading for all museum professionals, curators of private collections and museum studies students.

Table of Contents

PART 1: COLLECTIONS MANAGEMENT: OVERVIEW AND PRINCIPLES 1. What is collections management? 2. Legal requirements 3. Ethical considerations 4. Practical aspects PART 2: COLLECTIONS MANAGEMENT PROCESSES 5. Documentation 6. Movement 7. Storage 8. Acquisitions 9. Loans 10. Exhibitions and displays 11. Access.

About the Author

Freda Matassa FRSA MA(Hons) DipAL DipEd is a wellknown UK expert on collections management who advises, teaches and lectures internationally. Former Head of Collections Management at the Tate Gallery and co-founder of the European Registrars Conference, she is expert adviser on several European projects for museum standards and to the Minister of Culture on immunity from seizure. She was recently named one of the Top 50 Women to Watch in the arts.


"This book brings together all the fundamentals of collections management in an easy-to-read, accessible format (or guide?) - an essential reference book for all museums." -- Diane Gwilt "This is an important and useful book. Our copy arrived yesterday and already I've found it useful! It's careful, comprehensive and above all, well-evidenced." -- Dr Samuel J M M Alberti " excellent up-to-date resource for collection managers and other people working and aspiring to work in the cultural heritage sector. It is a book that every museum should have in the office." -- Managing Information

EAN: 9781856047012
ISBN: 1856047016
Publisher: Facet Publishing
Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 centimetres (0.42 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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