Managing and Caring for your Collection

Professional development course

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Delivered by V&A experts, this one-week intensive course provides a unique opportunity for museum professionals working in collection care and management from all over the world to meet and share knowledge. With a vast collection of over 2 million objects spanning over 5,000 years of art and design history, our experienced team of collection managers, conservators and curators have developed outstanding expertise in caring for and managing the V&A collections. A mixture of talks and hands-on workshops will provide practical tips and advice that you can take away and apply to your own institution.

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The V&A has developed outstanding expertise in caring for and managing its collections, which we look forward to sharing with museum colleagues from around the world Dr Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A

Course overview

This five-day programme will provide participants with a practical overview of exploration of the key aspects of caring for and managing your collection. Sessions include the life cycle of the museum object, developing collections policies, plans and procedures, due diligence and provenance research, copyright, conservation and preventive conservation, object handling and courier training and digitisation.
All teaching is delivered by experts from the V&A collections management and conservation teams, with a guest session by a leading external authority on copyright, and includes both talks and hands-on workshops to suit different styles of learning. You will also be invited to share real examples of projects from experiences working in different institutions.


Please email with your completed application form which can be found by clicking the 'Download Programme' link above.

This course is only open to museum professionals with responsibilities related to collections care and management. Short Skype interviews will take place shortly after the application deadline of Sunday 15 December 2019.

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Professional development course: Managing and Caring for your Collection

10 February 2020 - 14 February 2020


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Open 10.00 - 13.00, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)