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Impact: redefining the
measurement of collection care

This Conference was held at the British Library, London
on 15 February 2011.

Digitisation, digital collecting, rising energy costs and the changed economic climate have prompted many organisations to re-think their approach to collection care. This one-day conference questioned what we seek to achieve from collection care activities, now and in the future, how we communicate our goals, and whether we have the evidence and metrics to effectively support the arguments we make.

Archive of Twitter hashtag #impactconf (PDF format) 234KB


Conservation in uncertain times (PDF format) 1.45MB
Samuel Jones, Demos/DCMS Policy Fellow

Measurement and using evidence (PDF format) 132KB
Claire Creaser, Director, LISU

Preservation management in libraries – impact?
(PDF format) 145KB
Graham Matthews, Professor of Information Management, Loughborough University

Assessing conservation state in the National Trust
(PDF format) 2.07MB
Katy Lithgow, Head Conservator, National Trust

Changing times - Changing strategies (round table)

In the context of the major changes of the last two years, this discussion session brought together five speakers from a range of UK institutions to talk about how their organisation has adapted its approach to collection care. Drivers for change included dramatic reductions in funding (particularly for publicly-funded organisations); changes in attitude towards carbon footprints; concerns about energy costs; and the impact of digitisation on the way that collections are made accessible and used.


Juergen Vervoorst, Head of Conservation, The National Archives

Simon Cane, Head of Museum Operations,
Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

Caroline Checkley-Scott Head of Collection Care,
John Rylands Library Manchester University (PDF format) 1.44MB

Gordon Cummings Association of Independent Museums &
Fry Art Gallery (PDF format) 482KB

Cordelia Rogerson Head of Conservation, British Library
(PDF format) 577KB

Summary and presentations (PDF format) 30KB

Challenging Collection Care (round table)

The afternoon’s second discussion session followed the same format as the previous session. Four speakers were invited from a range of organisations each representing a different set of users of collection care services. Each speaker gave a ten minute presentation on their organisation’s view of what collection care should be achieving, how the value of collection care should be communicated and what type of evidence would demonstrate to their communities that collection care helps those communities achieve their goals.


Maurice Davies, Head of Policy and Communication,
Museums Association

Fiona Talbott Head of Museums Libraries and Archives,
Heritage Lottery Fund (PDF format) 551KB

Mike Mertens Deputy Executive Director and
Data Services Manager, Research Libraries UK (PDF format) 113KB

Nick Poole Chief Executive, Collections Trust (PDF format) 75KB

Summary and presentations (PDF format) 22KB