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Principles of Collections Management (Online Short Course)

Principles of Collections Management (Online Short Course)

Camberwell College of Arts
Taught by
Jacqueline Winston-Silk


Join Principles of Collections Management and through exercises and curator-led seminars you will learn about the role of the curator and the value of preserving material culture on this intensive course.

You will develop an awareness of collections management procedures and the essentials of collections care. You will also consider a broader range of collections-based activities, such as loan procedures.

Through object based learning students will be encouraged to engage critically, developing essential interrogation skills.

For more information on Online Short Courses please see the below information.

All our Online Short Courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes
  • Lesson recordings, for review
  • Access to VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 3 months online access
  • Certificate upon completion

Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here.

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here.

Topics covered

  • The role of the curator
  • Object Based Learning
  • UK documentation standards (acquisition, inventory, cataloguing, location control etc.)
  • Collections care (environment, storage, condition reporting, pest control and common types of deterioration etc.)
  • Collections management proceedures.

Course outcomes
By the end of the course you will have learnt how, and why, to implement UK documentation standards - making use of SPECTRUM procedures. You will be aware of best practice in the safe handling of three-dimensional objects and preventative conservation by selecting appropriate materials. You will be able to recognise common forms of deterioration and be confident in using professional terminology.

Who should attend
Suitable for anyone wishing to pursue a career working with museum special collections. Students, recent graduates or career changers, with little or no prior experience working with collections. An ideal course for existing collections-based volunteers  to enhance their skills. Or as continuing professional development for those already working in museums or heritage environments, in a non-collections focussed role.


Tutor Description

Jacqueline Winston-Silk is a professional curator. In her current role she is responsible for the development, care, and use of object collections within teaching and learning across UAL, including in the University’s Archives and Special Collections Centre. In her previous role as Curator of Art Collections at the University of Reading, she managed the fine art holdings for the University’s Museums and Special Collections Service and was the curator of a public gallery. She holds a MA in Museum Studies from University College London. Jacqueline has also held roles at the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture, The Geffrye Museum, The Design Museum and Tate.


Online short course materials

To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Chrome)
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended. The built-in microphone in your device would also be fine)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection - we recommend a minimum of 2 Mbps download, and 1 Mbps upload, faster if possible. You can test your network speed here -

Onsite and offsite course specific materials

Please bring the following items with you on the first day:

  • Notebook
  • Pencils
  • A digital camera (a camera on a smart phone is absolutely fine)
  • A soft tape measure
  • Access to objects in your home which you find interesting, and that you are prepared to share with other students on the course (for example: souvenirs, collectables, hand-made objects, objects with sentimental value, objects which have stories attached to them etc.)

Available dates