Frank and Glory specializes in responsible, sustainable, collection management for mid-sized museums, specialized archives, and private collections. Together, we will design project outcomes that are solution-oriented and budget-friendly.
Do you REALLY know what's in your collection? How's that catalog backlog? Documentation? Do you collect actively or passively? Many museums have poor intellectual control of their holdings which makes considering new acquisitions difficult and time consuming. A Collecting Plan can help you understand your collection, ensure that it supports your mission, and, most importantly, that it is a sharply honed tool for public engagement.
Whether your policy is outdated or yet-to-be-created, this foundational document creates clear communication for all stakeholders about how the collection fits into the museum. Has the same confusing problem popped up more than once? Time for a policy adjustment!
Deaccession (the administrative decision to remove an object from the museum's collection) and disposal (the step taken to re-home those objects) are regular and responsible parts of creating a functional museum collection. Deaccession and disposal projects can clear out redundant or mission-irrelevant objects freeing resources to care for what's important.
Do you have data entry guidelines? Are they consistently applied? Are your records an interpretive mosaic created by many workers from illegible 1970s catalog worksheets? Tidy data is an excellent tool to build your collection department's capacity. Clean up your information to spend less time parsing through "maybe relevant" records in your search to build an exhibition, decide what to publish to the web, or guide your deaccession decisions.
With a 90% award-rate, we can help you write project plans that serve your strategic direction and mission while meeting grant requirements. Following the award, we can help you plan for the reporting requirements, track the project, and ensure that required evaluation and reporting is completed.
No project in a museum should serve only one goal. If you would like to get the most out of a resource investment, having an outside perspective can be useful. Make the best of "excellent opportunity, uncomfortable timeline" situations by opening your view past the immediate problem to understand the full range of capacity that might be created from one resource investment.