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Collecting

Why Collect
Conserve
Protect
Interest visitors
Reference
Status
Economic
Ideology

Resources
Space, Staff, Costs
Owning objects costs money
Shortage of Money
Gift
Bequest
Fundraising
Grants
Donations
Appropriate
Collect
Fieldtrips
archaeology
Natural History
field trips
Non-puchase items
Carrier bags
Used stamps
Ephemera
Airline Sickbags
Tickets
Receipts
Flyers
etc
Booty
Imperialism
War
Former methods!?!
Loan
Share
Commission
Buy

Acquisition & Disposals policy
Aquisitions
Limit &Define Collecting areas
Strenghts
Surgery 1822 - 1860
Herbal Medicine
Weaknesses
Nursing
Aims
Time
eg 1200 - 1862
Type
Medical objects
Region
Southwark, London only
List of Priority items
Fellow Museums
who to consult
Rivals
Private Collectors
International Museums
Ethical Purchase
not stolen
no treaties broken
Endangered species
Cruelty
unlicensed archaeology
etc.
Disposal
Presumption against
No trading in goods
Not for profit
no fire sale
to cover overspend
No selling off 'the family silver'
Reasons for
Duplication
Inappropriate acquisition
doesnt fit with collection
Not enough resources to look after
Damaged
beyond repair
Repatriate
e.g. human remains
Custer's Coat
from Glasgow to US
Elgin Marbles?
Process
Trustees agree
Advertise in Museums Journal
Offer to other public institutions
Sell
or dispose of
Destroy only if irretrievably damaged

 

   
 
   

Lecture by Kevin Flude - prepared for 'Creative Practice in Narrative Environments'

MA course at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design & developed for University College Worcester

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