This toolkit is an introduction to contemporary collecting for museum staff, volunteers and trustees who don’t have direct experience of acquiring recent material and who want to understand the basics. It aims to provide advice and guidance on how to undertake contemporary collecting projects, outlining some of the practical considerations that need to be taken into account. It provides an overview and will hopefully inspire new collecting initiatives by providing tips and showcasing examples from other institutions. Big or small, contemporary collecting projects can be developed to meet your needs and match the resources you have available.
Commissioned by Museum Development North West (MDNW) through funding from Arts Council England, this toolkit was written by independent curator Jen Kavanagh.