Collection Guidelines

The Collections Guidelines inform the management, curation, and development of the Sydney University Museums (SUM) collections and details the manner in which museum staff carry out their responsibilities. The purpose of these guidelines is to articulate the ethics, standards and practices of activities relating to the ownership, management and curation of SUM collections. These activities include the acquisition, deaccession, documentation, preservation and handling, risk management, loan, exhibition and access to collections.

These guidelines cover the heritage assets of the Sydney University Museums, which include the collections of the Macleay Museum, the Nicholson Museum, and the University Art Gallery.

 Section  Title

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Section 1        Introduction

Provides an overview and history of the Sydney University Museums collections, a mission statement, and an outline of the ethical frameworks that the museums operate within.

 
Section 2 Acquisition

Outlines the selection criteria and collecting priorities for Sydney University Museums. It also provides statements regarding ethics of acquisition and ownership and custody standards.

Section 3 Deaccession

Outlines standards and criteria for deaccessioning, and methods of disposal.

 
Section 4 Documentation System

Outlines principles of collection care methods including preventative conservation, providing stable and secure environments, integrated pest management, safe handling and transport, and conservation treatment.

 
Section 5 Collection Care

Outlines principles of collection care methods including preventative conservation, providing stable and secure environments, integrated pest management, safe handling and transport, and conservation treatment.

 
Section 6 Risk Management

Outlines the methods used by Sydney University Museums uses to manage risk including disaster preparedness, stock taking, valuation, and insurance.

 
Section 7 Loans

Outlines the terminology and general standards used for inward loans, outward loans, and furnishing loans.

 
Section 8 Access and Use

Outlines principles and guidelines for access to collection information and objects for research, exhibitions, education and public programs, photography, filming and sketching.

 
 Complete Document

 Sections 1 through 8.

Contact us

If you would like further details about our collections policies and guidelines for Sydney University Museums please contact our collection management staff via email or the appropriate museum: contact details here