Online resources

This is where you can find all sorts practical help and the latest in museum and gallery thinking.

We've divided our resources into fact sheets, templates, 'How to' guides as well as longer discussion papers called 'Thinking about ...'.

There is also a large selection of education kits and some of M&G's latest research. 

If there's something you need and can't find, contact us and we'll do our best to fill that gap.

Prepare an Acknowledgment of Country Statement

A Welcome to Country is normally performed by an Elder of the local Indigenous language group. An Acknowledgment of Country can be performed in the absence of an Indigenous representative.

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Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country

In working respectfully with Indigenous communities there are several important protocols worth knowing and understanding.

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Reconciliation Australia

First stop for Aboriginal resources for museums.

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The Indigenous Art Code

Commercial safeguards for Indigenous artists and their art.

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Code World: A resource for Indigenous artists

A highly recommended resource for Indigenous artists!

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Introduction to Access

Tips on how-to provide a truly 'accessible' visitor experience.

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Caring for Collections work book

This how to guide provides an overview of how to care for book and document and why this is important. By the British Library Preservation Advisory Centre.

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Cleaning in Museums

This how to guide by History SA takes you through a cleaning regime for the museum space, display and storage areas and individual objects.

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Visual Glossary of conservation terms

This web resource is a set of photographic images which describe damage and deterioration in object collections.

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Combatting Mould

This how to pamphlet by Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory is all about how to combat mould in the wet season.

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Condition reports - a 'how-to' guide

Equipment for examining objects and vocabulary for what you find.

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Handle Museum Objects

Preventive conservation starts with careful handling. This M&G how to guide takes you through some guidelines on how to handle objects.

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Handle Paper, Painting and Framed Objects

This how to sheet by M&G will take you through the steps of handling papers, paintings and framed objects.

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Handle Textiles, Furniture, Ceramics and Glass Objects

This how to guide by M&G will show you how to handle textiles, furniture, ceramics and glass objects.

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Identify Medical Objects in Museum Collections

This how to by M&G takes you through the steps of identifying medical objects in your collection and why it is important to do so.

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Managing Pests in the Collection

This how to sheet from History SA will assist you with Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

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Pack and store books

This online resource will help you manage the conservation needs of books in your collection.

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Plan and Prioritise for Collection Care

A collection care how to guide by SHARE Museums East.

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Preventive Conservation

This how to guide looks at practical steps you can take to ensure the protection, safety and security of your collection. By Te Papa National Services.

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NGV Artists' Colourmen resource

This how to guide assists in the identification and dating of paintings using Artists' Colourmen stamps.

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Caring for photographic collections

This how-to guide includes common causes of deterioration and several quick tips for preventing damage to photographic collections.

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Paper Research website

National Archives launched a website about paper research.

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Environmental Guidelines: an interim position

This report addresses changes to the Environmental Guidelines for storage and display of collections in museums and galleries.

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Australian best practice guide to collecting cultural material

Recommended processes in collecting cultural material.

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Collections Law

This is a website resource for all business and collection law.

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Cataloguing

This fact sheet by M&G talks about cataloguing your collection.

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Collection policies

This 'thinking about' resource by M&G tells you what is a collection policy and how to develop one.

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Collection Management Systems

This fact sheet by M&G talks about the different types of Collection Management Systems available.

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Computer Cataloguing Databases

This 'thinking about' resource by M&G tells you about the advantages and limitations of cataloguing your collection using a database.

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Condition reports: the essentials

An ABC of Condition reporting

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Deaccessioning and Disposal

This fact sheet by M&G takes you through the process of deaccessioning and disposing of objects in your collection.

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Identify prints and photos

Online resource for all identifying all print types.

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List of approved valuers

This is a list of approved valuers under the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

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Loans Fact Sheet

This M&G fact sheet explains the process of documenting museum loans.

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Sample Loan register

This is sample Loan register gives you an easy way to document your loans

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Inward Loan sample agreement

This template gives you the basics of inward loans agreements

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Outward Loan sample agreement

This template gives you the basics of outward loan agreements

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Acquisition fact sheet

This M&G fact sheet takes you through the formal process of obtaining legal possession by purchase, donation or through bequest of an item.

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Acquisition register template

Easily document your object accessions using this template.

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Deed of gift form

You can use this template to document the transfer of ownership of donated objects.

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Digital definitions for small museums

What exactly is a digital asset? Confused by technology and wanting to sort your modems from your routers and find out what a tablet is? Then let’s start at the very beginning.

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Copyright and the Digital Economy

This discussion paper by the Australian Law Reform Commission is about copyright and the digital economy.

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Digitising Your Collection - Part 1 Project Planning

This 'thinking about' resource takes you through the first step of digitising your collection - planning your project.

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Digitising Your Collection - Part 2 The Golden Rule of Digitisation

This 'thinking about' resource takes you through the golden rule of digitisation, 'capture once, use many times'.

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Digitising Your Collection - Part 3 Technical Specifications

This 'thinking about' resource takes you through the technical specifications of a digitisation project.

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Digitising Your Collection - Part 4 Scanning and Handling Tips

This 'thinking about' resource takes you through some scanning and handling tips.

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Digitising Your Collection - Part 5 Metadata and Access

This 'thinking about' resource discusses metadata and how to provide access to your digitised collection.

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Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

This is a pre-recorded interview from M&G's Online + Onsite event, between Peter Gorgels from the Rijksmuseum and Susan Cairns.

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Technology, Museums, and the Long(er) Now

This is Suse Cairns' presentation from M&G's Online + Onsite event, about museums, technology and the longer now.

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The MCA Anish Kapoor ePublication

This is Tristan Deratz's presentation from M&G's Online + Onsite event, the MCA Anish Kapoor ePublication.

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State Library of NSW's Curio Project

This is Megan Perry and Louise Prichard's presentation about the State Library of NSW's Curio Project from M&G's Online + Onsite event.

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How-to: Do oral history

This is an M&G guide on how-to do oral history, including why and how.

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Archibald Prize 2013 Children's Trail

This is a sample of a children's trail developed by the Art Gallery of NSW for the Archibald Prize 2013.

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School Excursions and Risk Management

This fact sheet by M&G takes you through school excursions and the responsibilities of museums and galleries in being a safe host environment.

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Working with Children

This fact sheet by M&G gives you an overview of what you need to do if you are working with children within your organisation.

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3D For Museums, Galleries, Learning and Teaching

Practitioners and professionals from museums, galleries and higher education explore the possibilities of 3D technologies.

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Artist and Loan Contracts and Agreements

This is an M&G fact sheet about artist loan and contracts and agreements.

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Artists Fees and Wages

This is an M&G fact sheet about artist fees and wages.

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Curatorial Toolkit

This is a toolkit developed by 2010 Legacies Now to assist with the entire curatorial process, from researching an idea right to installing the exhibition.

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Facility Reports

This is an M&G fact sheet on facility reports for touring exhibitions.

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Lighting

This is a fact sheet about lighting for displays.

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Galleries, Museums & Copyright - New edition

Identify and assess risks in dealing with donors, artist agreements and contracting with copyright owners. Contains a section about moral rights.

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VIM Grants

This is a presentation from our workshop Access to Funding on VIM grants.

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Writing a grant application? Tips for success

Read this before you start your application.

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Project management of grants

This M&G NSW resource will take you through some key points of grant project management.

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The Rewards of Risk

Harlan Hall from Berrima District Museum talks about how to secure funds in a volunteer regional museum. This is from Access to Funding 2014.

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Checklist for New Museum Building Projects

This is a resource from Museums Galleries Scotland about new building projects. It covers everything from the building, the needs of the collection and management and costs.

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Planning a new museum

This M&G fact sheet is aimed to get you thinking. It’s a checklist of important things to consider if you are planning a new museum.

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Strategic planning

This fact sheet unpacks what's in a Strategic Plan and explains how to prepare one.

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What is best practice and why is it important?

Presentation introducing the principles underlying what is best practice for running a museum or gallery

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Tourism with integrity

Recently transferred resource from CAN.

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National Standards

These are the national standards for Australian museums and galleries.

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Arts Leadership

A seminar looking at the challenges of leadership in contemporary arts organisations and asks the question: what is needed for successful leadership in the arts?

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Cultural Policy

An insight into what changes there will be for the artist community because of new National Cultural Policy.

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Impact

Museums and galleries are no longer seen as just repositories of information and objects but are now viewed as social hubs with links to community at a local, national and international level. A seminar at the Museum of Sydney on 20 August 2014.

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ArtChat: Art and Power Presentations

Presentations from ArtChat: Art and Power at Freda's August 20 2014.

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Getting grant ready, strategic planning and marketing

This presentation covers the basics of what you need to apply for a range of operational grants.

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An economic value study

This M&G NSW study reveals the positive contribution to local and regional communities and their economies made by the council-operated museums, galleries and performing arts centres.

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2013 Horizons Report

The Horizon Reports are a publication of the New Media Consortium and the Marcus Institute for Digital Education in the Arts. New technology trends, impacts and challenges are identified and discussed and each technology is explored in detail with case studies.

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National Touring Survey Report

The National Touring Survey collected responses from 95 small to medium public galleries, university and community art galleries from across Australia in early 2013.

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NSW Museum and Gallery Sector Census and Survey

Early in 2013, M&G NSW undertook a comprehensive census and survey of the sector. Find out the results here.

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Guess Who's Going to the Gallery: NSW state report

Guess Who’s Going to the Gallery? is a strategic audience evaluation study spanning from 2007 to 2010 undertaken by M&G.

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Guess Who's Going to the Gallery: Sydney metro report

Guess Who’s Going to the Gallery? is a strategic audience evaluation study spanning from 2007 to 2010 undertaken by M&G.

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Guess Who's Going to the Gallery: Hunter and Western Sydney report

Guess Who’s Going to the Gallery? is a strategic audience evaluation study spanning from 2007 to 2010 undertaken by M&G.

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Adding Value!

How cultural facilities contribute to the local economies of the NSW Evocities.

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Develop a Disaster Plan

This is a 'how-to' guide by M&G that describes the steps involved with developing a disaster plan.

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Hazardous Material Assistance and Advice Organisations

This is a list by M&G of contact details for organisations that can help you with hazardous materials.

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Hazardous Materials–Written Reference List

This is a list by M&G of references which can assist you when dealing with hazardous materials.

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Hazardous Materials in Museum Collections

This is a fact sheet by M&G which details materials in general museum collections that may present a danger, either to museum workers and visitors, or to other objects in the collection.

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Risk Management

This is a fact sheet by M&G all about risk management.

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Museum Security Fact Sheet

This fact sheet includes tips for reducing susceptibility to burglary or theft in your museum.

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Collection storage: Shelving

This is a fact sheet by M&G about different types of shelving for your collection.

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Storage and display: Suitable and unsuitable materials

This list by M&G list which sorts commonly used materials such as wood products, coatings, adhesives and fabrics into suitable and unsuitable categories.

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Storage and display supplier list

This is a list by M&G with contact details of storage and display suppliers.

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Sustainability and Heritage

This resource has a conservation perspective on issues such as sustainability and the built environment and the impact of climate change on cultural heritage. By the Getty Conservation Institute.

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Sustainability and Museums

The Museums Association has issued this discussion paper to encourage people to think about museums and sustainability.

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Museums Change Lives

This resource by Museums Association is their vision for the increased social impact of museums.

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Sustainable Climate Control and Lighting

This resource aims to assist the sector to make informed decisions around viable, economically and environmentally sustainable methods of exhibition practice and collections care by identifying appropriate technologies, products and systems.

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Cultural Merchandising

This is a presentation from the Regional & Public Galleries Conference 2014. Stephen Quin will outline the keys to success in cultural merchandising.

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Skills Audit Template

Assess the skills of volunteers and identify skill development needs.

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Volunteer succession planning: a 'how-to' guide

How to retain current volunteers and plan for new ones.

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Volunteer registration form template

This is a volunteer registration form template. You can use it as a guide or just insert your own details.

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Managing Volunteers in Museums & Cultural Collections

Ten things you should know if you are managing volunteers.

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Develop a Volunteer Policy

This M&G resource explains the essential elements of a volunteer policy. It can be used as a template or a guide to develop your own comprehensive volunteer policy.

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The Museums & Galleries of NSW website supports and promotes volunteer, artist run and professionally staffed public museums and galleries, and Aboriginal cultural centres, throughout NSW.

Museums & Galleries of NSW is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.

Museums & Galleries of NSW is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

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(M&G NSW) provides programs and services improving the visitor experience in small to medium museums, galleries and Aboriginal cultural centres across NSW.

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