How are you empowering your collections?

The Collections Trust Award recognises the often-unsung achievements of those who manage the collections that lie at the heart of all museums. That well-deserved recognition comes with a cash award of £1,000 for the winning museum.

The theme of this year's award responds to the Museum Association's recent Empowering collections report. If you haven't read it already, we thoroughly recommend you do. Above all, the report calls for a culture change in museums and collections practice: 'Museums and the people that work in and with them need to expand on the idea of basic collections work, prioritising projects that are ‘use-led’, with clearly identifiable outcomes and high levels of participation with museum users and communities.'

We agree and want to hear about your use-led collections projects.
 
Entering is simple. Use this online form to describe a collections management activity or project that was either completed in the last twelve months or is happening now with demonstrable progress you can point to. (Top tip: draft your longer answers offline and paste them into the form.) Anyone involved – whether on the governing body, staff or volunteer – can enter on behalf of your museum. We need at least one photo that illustrates your submission, and your permission to reproduce it along with the text submitted.

The winning museum will receive £1,000 to spend on an agreed collection management activity. A representative from the museum will also receive a free place at our 2019 conference in Leicester on 12 September to receive the award in person, so save the date. (If you win and you have already bought a conference ticket, we will refund the cost so you come as our guest.)

Terms and conditions

Entry is open to all Accredited UK museums and galleries, and those officially working towards Accreditation. Entries must be submitted via this form no later than close of play on Wednesday 31 July 2019. Submissions will be judged by a panel from Collections Trust's board, and the judges' decision is final.
 
By entering you agree that Collections Trust may publish your submission, either in full or in edited form, noncommercially and with due acknowledgement, as a case study. Entries must be accompanied by an image that Collections Trust may use non-commercially and with due acknowledgement.
 
The prize money must be used for a collections management activity agreed in advance with Collections Trust. Collections Trust reserves the right not to make an award.
 
By entering, you consent to Collections Trust processing your contact details for the specific purpose of the 2019 award. See our privacy notice for full details.

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* 1. Name of your museum

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* 2. I confirm that this is an Accredited UK museum or one officially working towards Accreditation

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* 3. Postcode of your museum

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* 4. Your name

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* 5. Your role at the museum

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* 6. Your contact email address

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* 7. Your contact phone number

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* 8. Title of your collections management activity or project

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* 9. Aim(s) of your activity or project (200 words maximum)

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* 10. Summary of your activity or project (500 words maximum)

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* 11. What impact has your activity or project had? (200 words maximum)

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* 12. Upload an image that Collections Trust can use to illustrate your project or activity

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* 13. Text we should use to credit your image

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* 14. I confirm that Collections Trust may use the image uploaded with this entry non-commercially and acknowledged with the credit line submitted.

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* 15. I have read and accept the terms and conditions of the 2019 Collections Trust Award

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