Profession collection manager

Collection managers ensure the care and preservation of objects within cultural institutions, like museums, libraries, and archives. Collection managers, along with exhibition curators, and conservators, play a very important role in collections care. They can be found in most large museums.

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Investigative
  • Enterprising / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Art history

    The history of art and artists, the artistic trends throughout centuries and their contemporary evolutions.

  • Museum databases

    The tools and processes involved in working with museum databases.

  • Conservation techniques

    The procedures, instruments, techniques, materials and chemicals used in conservation and archiving.

  • Collection management software

    Be familiar with specialised collection management software used to document and keep record of the museum collection.

Skills

  • Assess object condition

    Work together with the collection manager or restorer, to evaluate and document the condition of a museum object for a loan or an exhibition.

  • Provide project information on exhibitions

    Provide information on the preparation, execution and evaluation of exhibitions and other artistic projects.

  • Compile detailed collection inventory

    Compile a detailed inventory of all items in the collection.

  • Create collection conservation plan

    Create a comprehensive, high-level overview conservation plan for the collection.

  • Respect cultural differences in the field of exhibition

    Respect cultural differences when creating artistic concepts and exhibitions. Collaborate with international artists, curators, museums and sponsors.

  • Document museum collection

    Registrars are concerned with documentation and record keeping of museum collections. Documentation includes information about an object's condition, provenance, materials, and all of its movements within the museum or out on loan.

  • Handle art

    Work directly with objects in museums and art galleries, in coordination with other museum professionals, to ensure that artworks are safely handled, packed, stored and cared for.

  • Cope with challenging demands

    Maintain a positive attitude towards new and challenging demands such as interaction with artists and handling of artistic artefacts. Work under pressure such as dealing with last moment changes in time schedules and financial restraints.

  • Interact with an audience

    Convey the artistic values of the art form(s). Respond to the reactions of your audience and involve them.

  • Use ICT recources to solve work related tasks

    Ability to choose and use ICT recources in order to solve related tasks

  • Communicate in English at a competent user level

    Competent use of English; R351refers to level C1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

  • Establish high standards of collections care

    Establish and maintain high quality standards in collection care, from acquisition to conservation and display.

  • Advise on loans of art work for exhibitions

    Working together with curators and museum collection managers, a registrar evaluates the condition of art objects for exhibition or loan purposes. The registrar also decides whether or not an artwork is able to withstand the stresses of travel or exposition.

  • Supervise artefact movement

    Supervise any movement of museum artefacts and ensure their security.

  • Monitor museum environment

    Monitor and document environmental conditions in a museum, in storage as well as exhibition facilities. Make sure an adapted and stable climate is guaranteed.

  • Implement risk management for works of art

    A registrar determines risk factors to an art collection and mitigates them. Risk factors for artworks include vandalism, theft, pests, emergencies, and natural disasters. It is the responsibility of a registrar to develop and implement strategies to minimise these risks.

Optional knowledge and skills

train employees art-historical values present exhibition evaluate art quality coach employees coordinate operational activities contribute to specialised publications manage budgets