Collection management

Plan Drawers

The City of Port Phillip recognises the importance of the municipality's cultural heritage.

As the custodian of a public collection, the City of Port Phillip manages the art and heritage collection according to international museum standards and is guided by the Port Phillip City Collection Policy. Staff of Art & Heritage Services are trained specialists who coordinate the development, preservation and promotion of the collection, and provide access to collection holdings.

Through ongoing care and development the Port Phillip City Collection will:

  • increase the understanding and enjoyment of heritage, history and contemporary art, particularly as they relate to the culture of the City of Port Phillip
  • reflect a diversity of views and interpretations of local culture and heritage
  • comprise items which best reflect the cultural development of the City of Port Phillip
  • be recognised for its community relevance and good governance, as an exemplary local government collection
  • attract donations, bequests and other external support because of its professional standing and accessibility
  • maintain a high degree of integrity through the application of management practices for the selection, custody and care of the collection and compliance with contemporary standards of best practice in collection management

Collection management involves:

  • providing access through exhibitions, cataloguing and the online database, image reproduction services and research services
  • caring for collection items, and store them in secure and safe facilities with effective environmental controls
  • minimising risk of collection damage or loss through skilled handling and transport, documenting and digitising copies of the collection and having emergency response procedures

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