modes collections management

Documenting collections since 1987

Case Studies - Meet the Modes community

Newry and Mourne Museum, Northern Ireland

Newry and Mourne Museum in Northern Ireland, is a long-standing Modes User with a collections management team of three. Shane McGivern, the museum’s collections research assistant, tells us how Modes Complete has helped support the museum’s ongoing work.

Louth Museum, Lincolnshire

The MODES database allows items to be quickly identified and located, and immeasurably speeds up the organisation of accessioned items in the Museum, and our response to queries from the public.

Egypt Centre, Swansea UniversityModes Complete user

Egypt Centre, Swansea University

As we are a museum with few staff and very little money, in 1997, putting our whole collection online, and moreover integrating it with a larger database, seemed like a pipe dream. However, with the development of Modes for Windows and now Modes Complete, and Culture Grid, all that has been made possible.

BDA Dental Museum, London

BDA Dental Museum, London

The British Dental Association Museum has recently upgraded to Modes Complete from Modes for Windows. The Museum was keen to make its collections in store more accessible via the Museum’s website and wanted to trial the use of QR codes in the Museum galleries.

A volunteer's perspective, Foxton Canal MuseumModes Complete user

A volunteer's perspective, Foxton Canal Museum

It has made the whole cataloguing process quicker and easier, and it is also much easier to teach new volunteers how to use the program. Having the Modes Viewer option is incredibly useful as researchers can access the database with no fear of them deleting or altering records and the different access levels you can set for users in Modes Complete mean that more advanced features are switched off and the only the administrator has access to them

The Royal Cornwall Museum, TruroModes Complete user

The Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro

The Royal Cornwall Museum has a large and varied collection, which in the late 1980s was in need of proper documentation. Modes user-friendly format proved invaluable in sorting out a formidable backlog.

Foxton Canal Museum, LeicestershireModes Complete user

Foxton Canal Museum, Leicestershire

We have been cataloguing the collection using Modes software for 10 years now and have recently started to use Modes Complete, to improve our collections care and development. The museum was Accredited with Arts Council England, on 25 September 2012, recognising our commitment to managing our collections effectively for the enjoyment and benefit of visitors.

Cotesbach Educational Trust, CotesbachModes Compact user

Cotesbach Educational Trust, Cotesbach

We have a great task of documenting 150 boxes of archives! Our group of trusty volunteers, who use Modes Compact to document these social history records, has a broad spectrum of IT skills.