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Principles of Collections Management Online Short Course

Course description

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.

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.

All our Online Short Courses include:

  • Live online lessons with expert tutors
  • Practical assignments
  • Personal feedback
  • Access to VLE with course content
  • 2 week online access
  • Certificate upon completion

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time.

Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.


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.


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 -

Course specific materials

Please source the following materials:

  • 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.)

Meet the Tutor:

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

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