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Banish the Backlog! Annual Modes Day and AGM 2018

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Join us at the Bunyan Meeting Church, Bedford
(next to the John Bunyan Museum)

on Tuesday 2 October 2018.

10-4 pm 

Lunch and refreshments provided

Free entry for Modes users

We can hardly believe it’s time for the annual Modes Day and AGM yet again. How time flies!


Bunyan Meeting Church



Banishing the Backlog at the Modes Day 2018 and AGM

This year’s conference will focus on the Collections Trusts’ drive to ‘Banish the Backlog’with the expert guidance of our keynote speaker Sarah Brown (Outreach Officer at CT).  Sarah will talk about the CT’s new resource publication called ‘Banish the Backlog’ and offer practical advice and support in tackling the dreaded backlog of items to be accessioned and documented. Building upon the advice from Sarah, Richard and Nick (Modes Support) will demonstrate how best to work with these Collections Trust recommendations from a Modes perspective. We will give you inspirational ideas and tips on how to use Modes more efficiently to help ease the capture of backlog data. These sessions are full of useful practical advice on how to work with Modes software to achieve your documentation outcomes. Lively and informative – we always welcome questions from the floor during these engaging sessions. 

Pictured above: the impressive interior of Bunyan Meeting (with kind permission of the Trustees of Bunyan Meeting)


A look at the upcoming Modes Complete version 1.4 

There will be a live demonstration and preview of Modes Complete version 1.4. 2018 will see the release of the latest free* upgrade, which delivers a host of improvements. Find out about how Modes v1.4 meets the latest standards required by the new Spectrum 5.0 document and much, much more by attending the Modes Annual Meeting.

*Free to Modes Complete users

We will be discussing hot topics such as GDPR and how to capture consent of Personal Data held in Modes – and our popular Knowledge Café returns giving our users a chance to share their experience of Modes and help to shape the future of Modes developments. Our team will be on hand to answer your questions and listen to your ideas. The Knowledge Café gives delegates the opportunity to gather in small groups for Q&A sessions with a member of Modes staff or Board member present to discuss all aspects of Modes software and service developments, program help and the future of Modes as a business.  We’d like to hear questions directly from you – so this is your chance.

We always value the input we receive from the Modes community.


Itinerary for the day:

  • Sarah Brown (Collections Trust) – shows us how to ‘Banish the Backlog’ 
    • Tackling backlogs and retrospective documentation using Modes
    • What’s new in Modes Complete version 1.4
    • Live demonstrations and practical sessions
    • Knowledge Café – Sharing, skills and ideas about the future of Modes


Book your place on this year’s Modes Day and AGM now – it’s open to all Modes members and is a great opportunity to ask the experts and hear about future Modes developments.

Please contact call 01332 742552 to book your FREE place.


Peter Pavement presents at 2017 Modes DayLast year we celebrated 30 years of Modes software at the Derby Museum and Art Gallery, home of the renowned age-of-enlightenment artist Joseph Wright.

We welcomed Kevin Gosling, CEO of The Collections Trust who gave us an engaging insight into the role and services of the CT, its long and shared history with Modes Users Association and the revised standards in Spectrum 5. Peter Pavement, Director of Surface Impression, showed Modes members how his company build contemporary websites to publish Modes data. Productive group interactions in the Knowledge Café enabled Modes users from all over country to enjoy stimulating discussions, share feedback and pick up new tips for using the software.  

Pictured: Peter Pavement gives a presentation at Modes Day and AGM 2017.


Bunyan Meeting Church (with kind permission of the trustees of Bunyan Meeting)We hope this year will be better than ever as Modes hits the road and we look forward to seeing even more of our members at the Modes Day 2018 and AGM to be held at the Bunyan Meeting Church, Mill St, Bedford MK40 3EU. This beautiful Independent church originally established in 1650 (with the current building rebuilt in 1849) boasts bronze entrance doors and stained-glass windows which depict scenes from ThePilgrim’s Progress.

Pictured: Bunyan Meeting Church (with kind permission of the Trustees of Bunyan Meeting)

John Bunyan (1628-1688) who came from the village of Elstow near Bedford, is best remembered as the author of The Pilgrim’s Progress– a canonical work of English Literature which has been translated into 200 languages and has never been out of print. This allegorical Christian work is thought to have been written whilst Bunyan was imprisoned for his non-conformist religious activities. 

With its plain spoken, accessible language,The Pilgrim’s Progressdid much to inspire suppressed alternative Christian thinkers of the time and encouraged ordinary people to express Christianity their own way. 

 Pictured: Commemorative stained-glass window (with kind permission of the Trustees of Bunyan Meeting)
Pictured: Commemorative stained-glass window (with kind permission of the Trustees of Bunyan Meeting)

It’s motifs have also sneaked their way into common parlance – how many of us have said we are in a ‘Slough of Despond’ when we are feeling miserable - without realising that this is the fictional deep bog of despair into which Bunyan’s main protagonist slips, weighted down by the guilt of his sins?

Delegates will have the opportunity to tour the thought-provoking John Bunyan museum and learn more about the life and works of this great man. Bunyan Meeting founded the John Bunyan Museum & Library in 1946, and following fundraising it was re-displayed in a purpose-built building adjacent to the church in 1998. Today, Modes users  John Bunyan Museumis a fully Accredited museum with Curator Nicola Sherhod and a team of 40 volunteers welcoming over 6,000 visitors a year, and many more through outreach projects. 

The Meeting House and Museum boast an impressive 4.5 stars on Tripadvisor so a visit is well recommended.

Modes looks forward to seeing you the historical Bunyan Meeting Church and John Bunyan Museum! It’s a great opportunity to hear about Modes, get advice on dealing with persistent backlogs, meet Modes users from across the U.K. - and enjoy a free lunch! 



Getting there:

By Road:

From the M1: Take A421 to Bedford town centre and follow signs for the museum.

Parking:Available nearby ‘Pay and Display.’

By Public Transport:

Midland Road station is approximately 15 minutes’ walk to the Bunyan Meeting Church.

Bedford Station is approximately one mile away from the Bunyan Meeting Church.

A Park and Ride schemeis also in operation in Bedford.


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