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Celebrating 30 years of Modes – Join us at the Modes Annual Workshop and AGM with the Knowledge Café

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30 years of Modes softwareTUESDAY 3rd OCTOBER 2017
at Derby Museum and Art Gallery, The Strand, Derby, DE1 1BS.

10am to 4pm – FREE to attend. Bookings are now being taken.

Lunch and refreshments provided. *

 The Gallery space at Derby Museum & Art Gallery – 'Inspired by Nature' for this year's Modes Workshop & AGM

It seems only five minutes since we celebrated 25 years of Modes – and this year we are raising a glass again in celebration of 30 years of Modes software!  So, put a date in your diary for this year’s Modes Annual Workshop and AGM being held in the beautiful, newly refurbished gallery space at Derby Museum and Art Gallery. Inspired by nature – this is the perfect space to collaborate and create new ways forward to help support our users. We have an exciting new feature this year as we welcome delegates to the Knowledge Café – a creative workshop session to inspire and generate new ideas and extract the best of your specialist expertise…. all will be explained on the day!

2017 has been a busy year for the Modes team who have been working hard supporting users across the UK – with dozens of training sessions and hundreds of technical enquiries. The team are also in a continual process of developing enhancements for Modes Complete and Compact and are now looking towards the implementation of the next round of feature updates post-Spectrum 5 release.

We were delighted to meet so many Modes users last year – and we hope this year’s meeting will be even better! Connecting with our users is essential to us as it helps to shape the development of our products and services proving we really do value your input and experience!

This ‘bumper’ yearly Workshop event has grown and grown in recent years, and always provides a great opportunity to engage more closely with the community. Through the exchange and sharing of ideas it aims to give everyone something of value to take back and implement.


Welcome to our keynote speaker: Kevin Gosling, Chief Executive of Collections Trust

Kevin Gosling, Chief Executive of the Collections TrustThis year we’re delighted to announce our keynote speaker, Kevin Gosling, Chief Executive of Collections Trust.

Kevin became Chief Executive of Collections Trust in September 2015, returning some twenty years after helping launch Spectrum as one of the Museums Documentation Association (now the Collections Trust) regional outreach team. He was previously Director of Communications at the Britten–Pears Foundation and has also worked for the Museum of London and the museum-planning consultants Lord Cultural Resources. (Reference: Collections Trust website


Kevin will introduce the Collections Trust’s advice and training services, and the launch of Spectrum 5 – the fully revised standard for collections management.


The Modes Workshop and AGM itinerary is as follows:

  • Meet Kevin Gosling – CEO of Collections Trust
  • Spectrum 5 – meeting the new standards
  • Knowledge Café – Sharing ideas and skills about Modes
  • Practical session – working with Grids as a reporting tool and for refining your records.


Registration starts at 10am, Welcome at 10.30am, Lunch at 12.30pm, AGM at 1.15pm and Finish at 4pm. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. *Please let us know of any special dietary requirements.


Please book your place by 25 September – by email, phone or post.

Email: or Telephone: 01332 742552

Diane Moss, MODES Users Association, Sadler Bridge Studios, Bold Lane, Derby DE1 3NT



Win a free ticket to the Collections Trust Conference!

Modes is sponsoring a free delegate place at the Collections Trust conference at The Hospitium, York on Thursday 21st September 2017.

We would like to hear from a Modes user who would like a free place at the conference (conference ticket only) by 11th September. Send your name and contact number to The winner will be chosen by the Modes team, and their decision is final.


This year’s conference, entitled ‘Pulling Together,’ focuses on the human side of documentation systems. The conference places the spotlight upon the people who collate and share the information which imbues context and meaning upon museum objects and examines how successful collections management requires all museum staff, whatever their role, to ‘pull together.’

Follow the link for the full itinerary of what promises to be a fascinating day.




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