Museum Essentials : Working with Collections
Dynamic Collections Practice
Museum collections evolve and change in their nature, rather than to remain static. This course will help you understand the importance of this how it can be achieved.
Contemporary Collecting is vital for a museum to remain relevant to society and it is a process that should be ongoing and involve audiences and communities. This course will help you understand some of the approaches to contemporary collecting.
Interpretation and Use
The objects themselves are only one aspect of a collection, the memories and stories an item can unlock from an individual or community is often the real value of the collection. This course will help you find your role in this process.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will it take to go through this course?
Do you have to complete each lesson in order?
The course has been designed so that there are no mandatory lessons and the lessons can be completed in whichever order is most meaningful for you.
Do I have to complete all of the exercises?
The exercises have been developed to help you reflect, capture and focus your learning. In exactly the same way as the lessons none of the exercises are mandatory.
Is there an opportunity to discuss our learning with Museums Association staff?
The discussion area is not monitored, moderated or facilitated. If you want to talk to a member of the Museums Association about collections practice then email email@example.com
Is there a course start date?
There isn't a course start date. This is an open course that you can start and finish whenever you want. As an individual Museums Association member you have full access to the content.
Where can I find more information about collections?
We have a range of resources available on our website www.museumsassociation.org/collections
Is there an opportunity to discuss our learning with other learners?
We have a discussion area at the end of each lesson and this is a way to discuss the content, your reflections, the impacts on your professional practice as well as seeking insights and information from others.
Meet the expert
Excellent, broad and relevant topics covered. Enjoyable to work through with a mix of videos and downloadable documents
A good overview for me on some fundamental issues. I am new to the museums sector and now feel I could 'keep up' and maybe participate with confidence during team meetings, even if simply to ask questions or make suggestions.
Ben Bishop and 429 others have booked this class
Excellent and very accessible.
Dr Nadia Randle
Useful tools on participatory practice that I hadn't seen before. Good for those new to the sector who are looking for a brief summary of these areas and a place to start from to learn more.
A broad range of topics and points of view from museums across the British Isles, but they show how we all have a lot of work to do, even if that only starts out as a reflective exercise. The material has convinced me that there is a lot of work ahead but with the right frame of mind to make the collections a usable resource for all sorts of audiences then we are on the right track. Thanks.
I liked that I was encouraged to reflect on topics at various points throughout the course so that I could think about how to apply what I had learnt in practice.
I found the videos very interesting and the highlighted articles. The little quizzes really helped reinforce my understanding.
Manuela Portales Sanfuentes
I really enjoyed it! I was expecting more about the objects themselves instead of reaching/educational strategies, but in the end it came up the be really helpful.
really informative, with plenty of information. Gained new knowledge.
As a museum volunteer just entering the museums sector, I found the course very useful in giving me a grounding in current issues surrounding working with collections
I particular found the section on participatory practice useful. I read the Power to the People framework when it was first launched and this course has encouraged me to revisit and use the framework. I'll definitely be encouraging my colleagues to sign up to this course :)
Good content, really useful for refreshing my knowledge of collections and great insights into peer practices.
Great, informative, clear, inspiring
I appreciate the links to professionals and articles as well as MA documents. I appreciate also the breadth of the role and the fact tat you can't include everything It would have been nice to have had a curator talk through how they organised an exhibitions - the issues arising and how these were overcome. Much of the existing programme would have fitted in with this too.
I am at home like almost everyone else owing to Covid-19. I am having museum withdrawal symptoms and so have just taken this course. Well Done MA. Really inspiring and educational.
Good grounding in Collections policy and workings. Filled in gaps for me and gave a lot of useful information.