Spectrum 5.0 has been issued in September 2017 as the most recent update on the collections documentation standard, used by UK museums and collections management systems and software. This is one of the foundations of museum accreditation used by the Arts Council, which is currently conducting a review of accreditation to be completed in 2018.
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BSI has released a new document on collections standards to take account of energy use and carbon impacts: PAS 198:2012- Specification for managing environmental conditions for cultural collections. Origins with the Collections Trust and background from the Chief Executive of the Collections Trust, Nick Poole, on his blog.
Good talks from Nick Poole and Laura Whitton of the Collections Trust yesterday at the NHM. Nick spoke about the role of the Collections Trust, the changing role and strategies of museums in the UK, and the development of the new documentation and process standards in Spectrum 4. Laura spoke on Collections Link.
Natural history museums will need to engage on Spectrum 4 to ensure that the emerging consensus on standards and accreditation reflects the distinctive character, development and use of natural sciences collections: we need to develop a more energetic dialogue.
Nick made interesting points on likely political, policy and strategic changes for UK non-national museums as a result of funding cuts planned in local government. There will need to be more discussion on approaches to collections management, disposal, better use of collections and related issues.