The National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries v1.5 September 2016 is available to download to the right.
Collecting organisations of all kinds are invited to use the National Standards framework as a resource.
Are you looking for a comprehensive list of resources on museum practice? The National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries contains links to many resources on best practice. Areas covered include:
- Managing the Museum
- Involving People
- Developing a Significant Collection
The National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries has been produced collaboratively by the National Standards Taskforce, representing:
- ACT Museums and Galleries
- Arts Tasmania
- Collections Council of Australia Ltd
- History Trust of South Australia
- Museum and Gallery Services Queensland Ltd
- Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
- Museums & Galleries of NSW
- Museums Australia (Victoria)
- Western Australian Museum
Version 1.5 of the National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries has been released with updated resources and links. The release of this latest version continues the Taskforce's commitment to continually review the document so that it remains relevant to the needs of Australian museums and galleries.
Calling for contributions to National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries 2.0
Since 2008, the National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries has been updated as museum and gallery practice evolves and more resources have been developed and published. The Taskforce has identified the need for a full update from version 1.5 to version 2.0, in line with new developments since the original 2008 version. Version 2.0 will be developed in consultation with the museum and gallery sector.
To assist the Taskforce, we invite you to contribute feedback to help determine the scope and content of changes to the National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries.
So far several topics have been raised around which the Taskforce could develop new principles and benchmarks to achieve them.
- Does the overarching division of the document into three main areas (managing the museum, involving people, building significant collections) still work for the sector?
- Do we need a standard to define best-practice in social media for museums and galleries? Are there existing standards we can use?
- Do we need a discrete section for copyright instead of/in addition to the guidance already included in version 1.5? Are there existing resources we might use?
- Do we need to update Standard C1.5 regarding digitisation digital engagement practice? This relates to issues including preservation, access, and audience development.
- Do we need a discrete section on accessibility, in terms of physical access, intellectual access (welcoming people) and social inclusion? Are there existing resources we might use?
- One of the important challenges we face is environmental sustainability. Recent initiatives including Clever Custodians and M&G QLD’s Lighting and Sustainability Handbook go a long way towards resourcing the sector. Do we also need a pathway on how to become more sustainable in the Standards?
You can contribute by:
If you’re interested in contributing to this update, please email your contributions to M&G QLD's Training and Professional Development Program, Leisha Walker on email@example.com.
Resources launched since version 1.5 of the National Standards and which might provide food for thought on updates to the National Standards include:
- The Australian Best Practice Guide to Collecting Cultural Material
- A Practical Guide for Sustainable Climate Control and Lighting in Museums and Galleries & A Case Study on Lighting for Museums and Galleries
- Clever Custodians
- Make Museums Your Own - a resource to encourage families to use your museum
- AMaGA Victoria Resources
- Crystal Clear: Standards and guidance for digitising regional collections held in museums, galleries, keeping places and cultural centres
To find out about the Standards Review Program operating in Queensland, click here or contact Leisha Walker, Training and Professional Development Program Officer on 07 3059 9743 or email firstname.lastname@example.org