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World’s first publicly accessible art museum storage facility opens to public

Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen will open its doors to the public this weekend allowing visitors to explore the museum collection of 151,000 objects and see...

Opening of collections at Humboldt Forum heralds new era for museum provenance

When visitors enter Berlin’s Humboldt Forum today they will be confronted by a new way of interpreting the institution’s large collection of colonial-era art as...

Why should museums invest in digital condition reporting? 

A chunky lever arch file tucked in a packing crate, annotated sketches, and handwritten commentary are all pretty common examples of condition reports and the...

Smithsonian Collects Objects from Capitol Riot

A Director at the Smithsonian Institution has confirmed that one of its museums will continue to collect artefacts from the violent attack on Capitol Hill...

Museum of London Collects Covid Dreams

The coronavirus pandemic may have caused a significant number of changes to the daily lives of people around the globe but it is also having...

Contemporary Collecting in a History Museum

The History Trust of South Australia cares for literally thousands of historically significant objects, from trams to trinkets, printing presses to pin cushions, ketches to...

How (Epic) Exhibitions Can Tell (Dramatic) Stories

ICOM’s proposal for a new definition of ‘museums’ has recently given rise to considerable debate. I am not concerned here with the question whether the...

Selfies banned at “Design of the Third Reich” exhibition

Controversy continues to surround the “Design of the Third Reich” exhibition at the Design Museum den Bosch in Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands. The exhibition opened...

Developing collection metadata for export and creative integrations

When onboarding new partners with collections for Urban Archive, one of the first questions we ask is, “How’s the metadata?” For the handful of organizations...

Thinking Outside the Lines: Contemporary Art in Historic Settings

The Perception of An Historic Setting Static as defined by Merriam-Webster is something, “characterized by a lack of movement, animation, or progression.” And this is...

Operation Night Watch – Rijksmuseum livestream research and conservation project

On 8 July 2019 the Rijksmuseum started Operation Night Watch. This is the biggest and most wide-ranging research and conservation project in the history of...

Rethinking collection practice with Frances Lloyd-Baynes at Mia

Discussions and debates about traditional values of equity and inclusion have increased in recent years, and participants in these discussions include professional heritage institutions, journalists...

When ‘Digital’ meets Collection: How do (traditional) museums manage?

Museums are awash in all things ‘digital’. We have apps, gallery interactives, virtual reality experiences, video exhibition teasers, social media marketing, online museum shops, ticketing...

The Museum Workers’ Guide to Buying a Dalek

In 2018 Drone Dalek No. 4 arrived at Sudbury Hall in Derbyshire. The Dalek was to become part of the National Trust’s Museum of Childhood...