The following resources provide you with basic information about all aspects of running a museum. These papers may be helpful in establishing a new museum, in training new staff and volunteers, or for improving your own day-to-day practices.

Museum Studies Training Package

Basic Museums Studies is designed for new or temporary employees, volunteers, board members or those with little or no previous background in the museum field.

This 450 page introductory level training resource may be used for either instructor-led or self-directed study. Each of the seven modules is written in a workbook format with stated learning goals and self-testing questions. Instructors notes include topics for group discussion, references, suggested additional reading material and sources foraudio-visual aids. Technical or museological words are highlighted when they are first used, then listed and explained in a glossary.

The binder format allows for easy updates and additions. Simple graphics are used throughout and pages are colour coded for easy identification. $85* members/$105* non-members *Plus shipping and handling. Published in 1996. Available through BC Museums Association. To order, send an email to hjeliazkov@MuseumsAssn.bc.ca 

 

Best Practices Modules

A series of reference modules, written by professionals in BC museums, designed to assist museums in reaching their full potential in all essential elements of museum governance, operations and collections management. Available as PDF documents. Click on the links below to access the full menu of documents available.

Table of Contents
1 Applied Technology
Prepared by Nicholas Tuele Consulting
2 Collections Management
Prepared by Ron Denman & Staff of Chilliwack Museum and Archives
3 Community Outreach & Programming (Coming Soon)
Prepared by Cuyler Page
4 Financial Management
Prepared by David Hall, Economic Planning Group, & Rick Duckles, BC Forest Discovery Centre
5 Module no longer available
6 Governance
Prepared by Joy Davis & Lisa Mort-Putland, Cultural Resource Management Program, University of Victoria
7 Risk Management
Prepared by David Hall, Economic Planning Group, & Rick Duckles, BC Forest Discovery Centre
8 Strategic Partnerships
Prepared by Ken Mather
9 Succession Planning
Prepared by Joy Davis Cultural Resource Management Program, University of Victoria
10 Tourism and Museums
Prepared by Lee Boyko
11 Marketing of Museums & Development of Audiences
Prepared by Yvonne Sharpe
BP Glossary

 

Care and Handling of Your Collections

For resources from Canada and around the world, have a look at our Care and Handling of Your Collections Library.