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Compact Top Tips – What’s the Story?

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Inspired by this year’s Collections Trust Conference focusing on the role of people in delivering collections management, have you ever wondered how to capture expert opinion about an item or even the reaction to an object by a visitor?  Could there be anecdotal knowledge mentioned at the point of deposit or associated stories and connections unearthed during the documenting of the item? Was there an emotional response, a memory triggered or unexpected connection between a visitor and an item in the collection which could be captured as supporting knowledge?


  • In Modes Compact record this supporting or contextual information using thesupplied Association element group. 
  • Use the Type field to record what type of supporting information is by recorded e.g. evidence






  • Use the Multimedia view to collate sound, video and written evidence and testimonies connected to this association in the one place. This is easy to do using drag and drop into the Multimedia view.
  • Prepare the Association group to make it fit for purpose by deleting the individual elements that might be surplus to requirements.


Any assistance required about this topic – please contact Modes Support.

To pick up more top tips about Modes, come along to the Modes Annual Workshop at Derby City Museum and Art Gallery on Tuesday 3rd October.  (Booking is essential).  Or take a look at the User Guides provided via .