Thanks for sharing, Luke!
- Started through ICOM and UNESCO
- around since 2006, came to Canada in 2014/15
- First piloted in Ontario
- Step-by-step tool kit for reorganizing space, easily scalable
- There should be a space for everything (including educational materials and collections)
- 2011 ICOM surveyed museums, 1/3 lack regular storage cleaning schedule
- Have storage space staff person to oversee
- Safe space for storage
- Collection space/ operational/education/curatorial
- Took a whole year to do the reorg
- Project team; all full time and part time staff, regular meetings, (core team of 3 people, bigger team of 6)
- Can help show where collection strengths and weaknesses are
- Myths: you don't need to have a full collections inventory to start the process, you might have more space than you think
- How long to find something in storage?: should take 3 mins
- Started out taking about 20 mins to find something
How to get started?
Click this PDF link for RE:ORG's Self Evaulation Tool
- Get senior management involved; RE:ORG is good because it gives numbers that can be used across a number of museums and internationally
- Get in touch with other museums and galleries
- Collecting moratorium?
- Changes to method of collecting? / Have to tackle policy documents?
- Volunteer collections committee (buffer between staff and public)?
- Make sure there's enough staff (right ratio between collections and education)
Suggestions for moving forward with RE:ORG
- Look at policy documents, tie collecting into interpretation
- Offsite storage for non-essential things
- Interpretive costumes: could go on compression storage
- Education materials storage: a particular place for things like Tool kit bookings and a system to keep track of all items (Separate systems?)
- Deasscensioning: can go to committee