Skills Plus training programme

The Skills Plus training programme provides 18 relevant and practical workshops to London’s museums. These courses provide opportunities to find out about best practice and hear case studies of how others have made improvements at their museums. Following our recent Training Needs Analysis, we are looking to develop London’s museum staff and volunteers to have the business, income generation, management and marketing skills they need to be fully equipped to work within the contemporary museum environment. This will be done alongside more heritage-specific training covering the Accreditation themes of Collections, Audiences and Organisational Health.

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London Museum Development's 'Tour de Store' training

Some sessions in the Skills Plus programme were delivered by collection care staff at the Museum of London.

You can download a calendar for 2019 - 2020 to see when we will be delivering each module and the types of courses on offer (PDF 362kb, opens in new tab). You can apply for a place on these courses below, or directly through our booking form.

Skills Plus training sessions

Collections Review and Rationalisation
Thursday 20 February, 10am – 4pm
Mortimer Wheeler House, Hackney

Collections review enables a museum to improve its understanding of a collection so that it can be used more effectively. Collections reviews are often the first stage of rationalising collections, which can lead to the Deaccessioning and disposal of objects. However, there are many other reasons to review collections. These include understanding the significance of your holdings; identifying opportunities to develop under-used collections; getting new insights into what your users find interesting about your objects; and planning future research, use and collections care.

In this session Sarah Brown, Collections Trust, will introduce different methodologies and frameworks, and introduce the new Collections Review procedure from the recently updated Spectrum standard, Spectrum 5.0. In the afternoon we will explore the legal and ethical considerations for Deaccessioning and disposal. Delegates will be encouraged to participate through discussions and activities, and there will be plenty of opportunity for questions throughout. Download a full course outline (PDF 119kb, opens in new tab). Please use our online form to book a place.

Museum Forward Planning
Tuesday 25 February, 10am – 1pm
Museum of London, London Wall

“A goal without a plan is just a wish” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. An effective forward plan is critical to the success of any museum and a key requirement of the Accreditation Scheme. This session will cover the key elements required by Accreditation:

  • What makes an effective forward plan to meet and support Accreditation standards
  • Developing and prioritising key aims
  • Appropriate and effective consultation
  • Carrying out risk assessments
  • Action planning and setting objectives
  • Presenting your play

Download a full course outline (PDF 146kb, opens in new tab). Please use our online form to book a place.

Fusion Training: All the Right Moves
Tuesday 17 March, 10am – 4pm
Mortimer Wheeler House, Hackney

Fusion training will consist of two half day sessions; one which deals with Collection Care and the other which deals with Collection Management. Fusion training is designed for participants to attend both sessions.

Session 1: Location and Movement Control

Location and movement control is a Spectrum 5.0 primary procedure and required as part of the museum Accreditation standard. Following this procedure keeps your location records up to date, which is the key to being accountable for your collections. This session, led by Sarah Brown (Collections Trust), will explore the requirements of Location and movement control, review your museum’s system of naming locations and your procedures for recording movement.

Attendees are requested to bring along their organisation’s documentation manual (or at least the procedure for Location and movement control), to share and discuss during the session.

Session 2: Packing and Handling

This session, led by Libby Finney, will look at the practicalities of moving objects and collections and how the packing and handling for moving collections might differ from that undertaken for storing collections. There will be the opportunity to discuss and experience various methods and systems of packing and moving collections and there will be a practical activity in the museum stores. With this in mind, delegates should wear flat, robust shoes and layers of clothing as the stores can be cool and participants will be physically interacting with objects and stores. If you are worried that this might pose some difficulties for you, please contact Libby ([email protected]) to discuss any concerns. A free kit will accompany this session.

Download a full course outline (PDF 110kb, opens in new tab). Please use our online form to book a place.

Spectrum 5.0 and Inventory
Wednesday 01 April, 10:15am – 4pm
Museum of London, London Wall

Many museums do not have sufficient inventory information about their collections, leaving them open to security risks and uncertain ownership. Until recently, many have also struggled to understand the information required when tackling these ‘backlogs’ - for example what counts as a documentation backlog in the context of Accreditation? The updated Inventory procedure in Spectrum 5.0 has been developed to help museums identify and resolve their documentation backlogs, making the requirements for Accreditation much clearer. In this workshop, we will explore this procedure and the minimum level of information required to ensure accountability and mitigate risks; including security, ethical and legal. We will discuss how to prevent documentation problems, reviewing some of your own procedures, and look at tackling inventories through realistic Documentation planning. Please bring along your Documentation Plan and Documentation Procedures Manual (or at least information related to your Object entry and Inventory procedures). This will be helpful to review throughout the session, and will also be used in several activities. Download a full course outline (PDF 104kb, opens in new tab). Please use our online form to book a place.