Links and Resources
Are you looking for a comprehensive list of resources on museum practice? The National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries contains links to many resources on best practice. Areas covered include:
- Managing the Museum
- Involving People
- Developing a Significant Collection
How can we ensure that a heritage place is cared for properly? How can it be handed on to future generations in a way that retains the values which make it important to us?
The Burra Charter defines the basic principles and procedures to be followed in the conservation of heritage places. These principles and procedures can be applied to a monument, a courthouse, a garden, a shell midden, a rock art site, a cottage, a road, a mining or archaeological site, a whole district or a region.
The ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums has been prepared by the International Council of Museums. It is the statement of ethics for museums referred to in the ICOM Statutes. The ICOM Code represents a minimum standard for museums. It is presented as a series of principles supported by guidelines for desirable professional practice.
Visit also the Australian Branch of ICOM here
Museums Galleries Australia’s (formerly ‘Museums Australia’) Code of Ethics for Art, History and Science Museums (1999) was developed to provide ‘a reference point’ for governing bodies and individual museum workers. The statements in the code are ‘intended to be measuring sticks against which current museum policy and practice can be tested for ethical content’.
The Code of Ethics deals with institutional ethics and professional conduct.
Significance 2.0: a guide to assessing the significance of collection aims to help collecting organisations, collections professionals and the broader public to determine the significance of cultural and heritage objects.
You can view the PDF at the link above or view the website here
Be Prepared is Australia’s primary resource for Disaster Planning. Its practical guidelines have been produced to coordinate a national approach to caring for, and promoting access to Australia’s heritage collections. These guidelines enable the museum sector to write useful Disaster Preparedness Plans. It is specifically written for museums that have few trained or paid staff and operate without conservators.
Be Prepared contains invaluable information for smaller institutions on assessing and planning for disasters such as training needs, assessment considerations, safety and damage checklists and templates based on established disaster management plans.
Western Australian Museum’s Collections Care Manual, an online resource developed for smaller organisations and private collectors.
A series of 12 instructional videos and an updated version of the bestselling book Conservation and Care of Collections provides information on general conservation techniques.
This is a great resource, written by Helen Arnoldi about managing volunteers in the cultural sector. It guides you through how to ensure your organisation and your volunteers can get the most out of the experience.
How do we go about establishing a new museum?
How do we sort out our existing museum to make things more interesting for visitors and easier for us to manage?
The Western Australian Museum lists web sites which may be useful in researching your relatives or identifying and conserving medals, records or mementos relating to World War One.
Continuing Cultures, Ongoing Responsibilities is the result of an extensive process of review and consultation
over several years and a staged process involving review, redevelopment, consultation and further redrafting.
Principles and guidelines for Australian museums
working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander