Deaccessioning. Sharing Experiences from Finland

What does deaccessioning in museums of cultural history and art museums have in common? What are the differences in deaccessioning needs and practices between museums of different kinds?

This web publication in English is based on two joint projects on deaccessioning involving three museums of cultural history and three art museums and their web publications in Finnish from 2015 and 2016. In the first project, the cultural history museums compiled tools for deaccessioning in accordance with museum ethics. The second project focused on the views of art museums regarding deaccessioning and the joint challenges in this area faced by all museums.

The museums of cultural history in the projects were Helsinki City Museum, the Historical Collections of the Tampere Museums and Museum of Technology. The perspective of art museums was represented by Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, HAM Helsinki Art Museum and Tampere Art Museum.

The present publication underscores the viewpoints of the museums participating in the project and practical examples of deaccessioning. The challenges of deaccessioning are shared by all museums, although practical solutions may differ. We therefore want to make Finnish discussion on these matters available to international readers. The publication addresses the following themes: the attitudes of Finnish museums regarding deaccessions, the deaccessioning process described briefly, accounts of deaccessioning, and specific cases from the museums of the project. The cases represent three themes: significant collections, lifespan and disposal methods.

The English translation of the publication was prepared with financial support from the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture and was edited in 2016. The publication was produced by Finnish Museums Association.

Deaccessioning. Sharing Experiences from Finland. Minna Sarantola-Weiss & Emilia Västi (Eds.). Publications of Finnish Museums Association No 72. Finnish Museums Association 2016.

ISBN 978-951-9426-52-5
ISSN 0355-1741