The Collections Care Healthcheck

The Collections Care Healthcheck is a free, on site evaluation delivered directly to museums in the West Midlands Region.


A site visit is carried out by Jane Thompson-Webb (Collections Care Officer, Birmingham Museums) who will work with you to develop solutions that suit your resources.


We will help you to identify key collection care issues and produce a report giving tailor-made, practical advice and support to your museum.


You can use this report to initiate in-house solutions to collections care problems or to support funding applications.


You can request a Healthcheck to look at specific or more general aspects of Collections Care including; light, storage, relative humidity, emergency planning, pests, handling, display conditions and materials and monitoring.



How to apply


This year there are a limited number of Healthchecks available until March 2014. All museums interested in receiving a Healthcheck are being asked to submit a brief application. These will be assessed by an MDO together with Jane Thompson-Webb. Priority will be given to those museums who have not received a Healthcheck in the last 2 years.


Successful applicants will be contacted to arrange a suitable time for the Healthcheck to take place. All successful applicants are asked to commit to addressing some of the actions outlined in the Healthcheck by March 2014 (funding permitting). Evaluation of this work will form part of the criteria for the Healthcheck.


If unsuccessful, applicants will be contacted directly to see how they can be supported in other ways – for example directly by their MDO, through the Making Collections Count Programme or through other advice.


If demand for the scheme is high we hope to extend the deadline for Healthchecks until April 2014.


In the interim if you would like further support for your organisation around any element of collections care please contact your MDO who can advise you of the different options available.


Please complete the application form and return it to your MDO no later than 30th June 2013.  Please download from link below:


Collections Care Healthcheck 2013 -Expression of Interest


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