Collections Management Policies for The Nelson Provincial Museum
The Museum Collection Accession Register includes:
- Natural History (rock, mineral, animal and plant material)
- Foreign Ethnology (Pacific, Asian, American, European, African)
- Maori (Taonga Maori,N.Z. archaeological, textiles)
- Archives and Library (manuscripts, books, maps, plans)
- Art (paintings, drawings and prints)
- Costume and Textiles (flags, clothing and accessories, household)
- Photographic (negatives, prints transparencies, film, video, digital)
- Domestic and Technical (household, implements, commerce, transport)
- Loan Collections (loans to the museum)
The policies that apply to these collections are:
- Donations and Acquisitions Policy
- Documentation Policy
- Loans Policy
- De-accession and Disposal Policy
- Storage Policy
- Conservation Policy
- Research Policy
- Education Collection Policy
For further information contact.
Donations and Acquisitions Policy
- The Museum collects objects, scientific specimens, and printed and audio-visual media relating to the natural and human history of Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka a Maui (the top of the South Island), for the purposes of documentation, preservation, research, exhibition and interpretation.
- The Collection will develop in an increasingly strategic manner through processes of accession and de-accession defined by the policies of the Museum.
- Collection policies of other regional institutions will be considered when the addition and de-accession of items to the Museum Collection is being considered.
- Items considered for purchase and the sources for funding of purchases may be presented to the Board by the Director.
The museum collects in the following order of priority:
- A broad and representative sample of material directly related to
the natural and cultural heritage of Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka a
Maui and its inhabitants.
- Material indirectly related to Te Tau Ihu O Te Waka a Maui.
- Material useful for comparative research.
- Material important because of its uniqueness or rarity.
The museum emphasises the collection of materials that:
- Constitute a representative sample of a previously
undocumented or inadequately recorded aspect of the heritage
of Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka a Maui.
- Are in danger of loss or destruction.
- Are directly relevant to current research, exhibition or interpretation programmes.
- Are well documented.
The Museum does not collect:
- Items requiring significant conservation.
- Superfluous duplicate items.
- Items with unknown provenance.
- Items with excessive loan conditions.
- Items that are a risk to the collection or staff.
- Items with a fraudulent, unethical or illegal background.
- Items requiring storage and display facilities that the museum is unable to provide.