Deaccessioning for Resilience and Relevance - Day 2/Session 4 - Small Museums Summit

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Over the years, many small museums have been saddled with “wholesale” donations including hundreds of items not relevant to the mission of the organization. These items take up valuable storage and/or program space, drain resources, and prevent the museum from collecting more relevant objects. Maintaining and caring for collections that do not meet our mission is not sustainable, and the outcomes of a well-thought-out deaccessioning process can significantly contribute to the environmental and financial resilience of your organization and strengthen your relevance to your community. In this session, we will explore some tools to make deaccession do-able for small museums and consider how deaccessioning “best practices” in the wider museum field do or do not serve small museum

the project, as it was slowed down significantly by COVID.

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Elizabeth Beaudoin

Museum Curator

City and County of Broomfield, Broomfield, CO

Elizabeth Beaudoin has been museum curator for the City and County of Broomfield since 2020, where she directs a 7,000+ object collection and archive (on-site and virtual) to preserve and share Broomfield’s history for current and future generations. Prior work includes the Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum, Maine Maritime Museum, Historic New England, and Fort Ticonderoga.

Anna Tucker

Executive Director

Framingham History Center, Framingham, MA

Anna Tucker came to the Framingham History Center in 2022 after working as the founding curator and lead project coordinator for the establishment of the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience. A $5.5 million project in a renovated historic building in New Orleans, it was the winner of the 2021-2022 Museum Exhibition of the Year Award from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Anna has experience leading successful donor and development initiatives, managing non-profit budgets, and engaging new and often marginalized audiences through the establishment of three new museums while strengthening existing partnerships.

Julia Gray (Moderator)

Executive Director

Wilson Museum, Castine, ME

Julia Gray has worked in museums for more than 20 years, becoming the Wilson Museum’s executive director in September 2021. Her background in archaeology and anthropology drew her initially into roles in collections and exhibits at the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and the Abbe Museum. After leaving the Abbe Museum in 2017, she ran her own consulting business working with museums, land trusts, and other organizations across Maine. She is a graduate of Bowdoin College and the University of Arkansas.


Small Museum Virtual Summit - Day 2 - Session 4 - Deaccessioning
12/06/2023 at 1:15 PM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 12/07/2023
12/06/2023 at 1:15 PM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 12/07/2023