Journal Articles

Keeping museum collections moving

As one barrier to the mobility of museum collections is removed with the Australian Government’s recent move to provide immunity legislation, another rears its head in the form of a policy change from Australian Customs that sees the costs skyrocket for lending and borrowing museums. It has been long recognised that the mobility of museum […]

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Posters with a Purpose – a case study in responsible disposal

In 2012, London Transport Museum made the potentially controversial decision to sell over 300 posters from its collection at a major Christie’s auction, ‘Posters with a Purpose’. Anna Renton, Senior Curator at the Museum, tells the story of how the decision to sell was reached, the ethics of selling such a collection and the resulting […]

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The world needs to see this!

Any professional that has spent time in the museum field has had a simply breath-taking moment – the moment that makes one want to run out the door and drag the nearest person to see what they’re seeing. It could be a tiny artifact found while doing inventory, a thrillingly massive canvas re-stretched and rehung, […]

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Registration and Collection Management at Auckland Museum

Auckland Museum is 160 years old and houses approximately 3.5 million objects ranging from natural history (geology, botany, entomology, marine and land vertebrates), to human history (archaeology, ethnology, history, pictorial and applied arts) and the third largest heritage library in New Zealand. The Museum has approximately 170 full time staffing equivalents and over 200 volunteers. […]

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Sydney University Museums Collection Management profile

Sydney University Museums (SUM) has one of the largest and finest university collections of antiquities, art, ethnography, history and natural history in Australia with more than 100,000 artefacts and upwards of 600,000 natural history specimens. The collections are held across three museums: Nicholson Museum (antiquities), Macleay Museum (natural history, Aboriginal, Torres Strait and Pacific Islanders’ […]

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Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui

The Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui is a regional art gallery, which is part of the Wanganui District Council’s Community and Culture sector. The Gallery is housed in a historic neo-classical building which opened in 1919; the collection is approximately 6,500 artworks, both historical and contemporary (16th – 21st century) and of international […]

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Engineered to perfection: Custom-made storage at Queensland Museum

In early 2011, a decision was made by the Board of the Queensland Museum to invest in a major refurbishment of the Transport Gallery, an exhibition space at Queensland Museum South Bank campus dedicated to large transport objects. A project was developed to decant the 21 significant objects of various types, sizes and weights to […]

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Diploma in Law and Collection Management (Dip LCM)

The Australasian Registrars Committee, in partnership with the Institute of Art and Law, London, delivered the second Diploma in Law and Collection Management (Dip LCM) in April 2012. Following on from the successful inaugural class, offered last year, twenty-one participants spent one week at Museum Victoria under the intense tutelage of Professor Norman Palmer, QC. […]

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