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Modes Day and AGM 2018 Review

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Modes were delighted to see so many of our users at our annual Modes Day and AGM! 

This year the Modes team took Modes Day on the road to the beautiful and historic John Bunyan Meeting Church in Bedford. 

Modes Day 2018 was yet again packed with useful information and ideas – and provided delegates with the chance to interact with other users and the Modes Team - who were on hand to give expert advice and help throughout the day.

Richard presents at the 2018 Annual Modes DayPictured: Richard (Modes) gives his Top Tips to Modes delegates in the John Bunyan Meeting Church.

Many thanks to Nicola Sherhod, curator of the John Bunyan Museum and her team for providing such a warm welcome to delegates from all over the country to this elegant and spacious venue.

Delegates had the opportunity to look around this fascinating museum later in the day and learn all about the life and works of this influential preacher and writer.

Pictured: Artists impression of John Bunyan contemplating his ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’ (By kind permission of the Trustees of Bunyan Meeting)

Pictured: Artists impression of John Bunyan contemplating his ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’ (By kind permission of the Trustees of Bunyan Meeting)

Pictured: Exquisite stained-glass window inside the church
Pictured: Exquisite stained-glass window inside the church

Pictured: Interior of John Bunyan Museum (By kind permission of the Trustees of Bunyan Meeting.)

Pictured: Interior of John Bunyan Museum (By kind permission of the Trustees of Bunyan Meeting.)


Modes was pleased to announce that Modes Complete v1.4 has been validated Spectrum 5.0 compliant and meets all the required standards to support Arts Council Museum Accreditation.  

We are the first major UK and European collections management system to be awarded this status - so, it was fitting that our keynote speaker, Kevin Gosling (CEO of Collections Trust) gave the Modes Day opening presentation.

In his engaging speech, Kevin underlined the theme of this year’s Modes Day -encouraging us all to ‘Banish that Backlog’ by creating quick Inventory level records which meet the requirements of the Accreditation scheme - and are at the core of Spectrum 5.0.  

The onus was upon the importance of ensuring that you have the basic information to be accountable for the objects in your care, and advice on how to tackle the backlog if you do not.

Richard (Modes) underlined how Modes Complete v1.4 helps to tackle the backlog with a host of improvements to the Modes Complete package. He demonstrated the new ‘Inventory grid’ view for quick assessment and the new ‘Inventory template’ for dedicated recording. To comply with GDPR legislation, there are new access controls for grids and indexes, and new password options provide improved protection for your personal data. In addition, there is a new Consent element within the Person group which enables users to record the consent given for the collection and use of an individual’s personal data. 

It is now easier to select the font you require for views and outputs - different users can now use their own choice of font – and an upgrade to image drag and drop makes it easier to keep records free from unwanted detail.

The Modes Complete v1.4 upgrade also features new PDF views, validation settings for global updates and faster text searches. And it’s now easier to hyperlink to other records about related objects, people, places and events. 

What’s New in Modes Complete version 1.4 on our website gives a detailed breakdown – and useful screenshots - of all the changes within the new update. 

Rounding off our Modes Day, our popular Q&A sessions inspired some lively discussions as delegates had the opportunity to pose their questions to Modes experts. The feedback from our users indicates that you find this session as useful as we do - we value the input of our users to continuallyimprove our products and services.

Pictured: Nick (Modes) answers your questions.

Pictured: Nick (Modes) answers your questions. 

We are pleased to say that the end-of-session feedback showed that delegates rated the day as ‘excellent’ overall and users commended our ‘quality of service’ and ‘excellent help’. 

Modes would like to give a big THANK YOU to all who attended – and we hope we inspired you to Banish the Backlog! 

If you’ve got ideas, themes or even a venue in mind for future Modes events – please contact welcome your involvement in shaping Modes events for the future.

And if you’ve got Modes questions – why not visit our brand new Modes Forum which is now an active email group and keeps you posted on what’s being said in the community -  or you can visit our feedback page and let us know what you think about Modes products and services.

Remember to upgrade!



You can upgrade now to Modes Complete 1.4. It is free to all support paying Modes Complete users.

Remember - upgrades keep your software up-to-date, error free and aligned with national standards! 

Modes Complete version 1.4 - the first UK management system to be compliant with Spectrum 5.0 - offers lots of added features to improve ease of use and enhance data security and also incorporates technical upgrades which include a new server component (NexusDB 4.50). This will fix problems some users experienced in running Modes on Windows Server 2012 and will allow us to develop Modes Complete in a browser-based interface.

We are ready to take Modes into the next decade and beyond!