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*Please note that our knowledge exchange event, Museums for Profusion, is scheduled for the 21st of September at the National Railway Museum in York. Attendance is free and financial support is available, but places are limited and priority is given to survey respondents and project partners. Please contact Harald at for more information.*

How do we choose what to keep for the future – not only for ourselves but also for our communities?


The Profusion theme has launched the Contemporary Collecting and Disposal Survey, which will close on the 19th of August 2018.

The survey covers the whole of the UK and we would like to invite everyone involved in collections development decisions relating to objects from the recent past to participate. We are especially interested in hearing from social history curators. The survey does ask questions about your museum and its policies, but we are primarily interested in what you think about contemporary collecting and disposal – so we welcome multiple responses from the same museum.

We would love to know how you think museums should go about deciding what to keep for the future, in light of the profusion of things that could be kept. The survey is the first stage of a three-stage process that includes a knowledge exchange event to be held in York in September and a report that will be available free of charge digitally and in print later this year.

The survey is likely to take you 30 minutes to complete and we hope that together we can share and challenge views on contemporary collecting and disposal in museums. It is designed using Qualtrics, which uses cookies that allow you to begin filling in the survey and return later using the same computer and browser. You can access the survey by clicking here.

If you have any questions, please contact Harald at

Contemporary Collecting and Disposal Survey

A PDF version of the survey is available to download HERE, but we do ask you to complete the survey digitally.

Please note that the PDF version does not contain survey logic and therefore shows more questions than you will be asked when completing the survey online.