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EL5.To strengthen the commitment and capacity of museums to undertake outreach activity.

EL6.To develop museums’ capacity for high quality research.

EL7.To consolidate and strengthen continuous professional development of staff across the museum sector.

7.COLLECTIONS DEVELOPMENT, CARE, MANAGEMENT and USE

7.1

Museum collections have the power to transform people’s lives. Amongst other things, they are sources of creative inspiration, touchstones of identity, points of contact with our histories, and hence can reaffirm truths and challenge preconceptions. It is essential that the artefacts and specimens within collections are maintained in a condition suitable for public engagement. Such engagement is facilitated by the professionalism and creativity of museum staff through, for instance, temporary and permanent exhibitions, loans, handling collections and a dynamic approach to the development of their collections.

7.2

It is also enhanced through the availability of high-quality, well-researched information about the objects and the collections, which can extend to involving the public in the process of establishing the meaning and significance of objects, and through exploiting digital technologies as the means of capturing and disseminating such information.   Collections are held in trust for current and future generations and thus, for a museum to operate in accordance with the that trust and the expectations placed upon it by the public, it must

safeguard its holdings to the highest standards

conserve the objects and specimens it holds

document and record what is held in collections

develop the knowledge base about its collections in order to be able to interpret them appropriately for the public

continually seek to develop its collections in order to protect valued aspects of our heritage in perpetuity.

7.3Museums should carry out these responsibilities in a cohesive, joined up manner, thus ensuring that all aspects of the national heritage are adequately collected, managed and cared for. It is important too to identify what aspects of the heritage are not being collected, interpreted and presented and how any ‘gaps’ may be filled.

7.4The goals for Collections Development, Care, Management and Use (CD) are :

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