Spectrum 5.0: the UK collection management standard

Spectrum 5.0
Source: Collections Trust, UK

What is Spectrum?
Spectrum gives tried-and-tested advice on the things most museums do when managing their collections. Some of these are daily activities, such as moving objects around and updating location records. Others are occasional, like updating insurance cover. Spectrum calls all these activities procedures and there are 21 of them.

Who is it for?
Spectrum is for museums of any size and any collection type, and may also be useful to similar institutions with museum-like collections. To keep things simple, we use ‘museum’ to cover all collections-based organisations, and ‘you’ to mean everyone involved in managing your collections: from the governing bodies who set policies and budgets to every level of staff and volunteer, both front-of-house and behind the scenes.

Spectrum originated in the UK and is used by all Accredited museums there, but in recent years the standard has been adopted by a number of other countries and translated into several languages.