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Battle of the Somme: The Heaviest Hit Battalion7th July, 2016

To commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme which began at 07.30 hours on 1st July 1916, we talk to York Army Museum curator Hannah Rogers, and discover stories of bravery and despair for the men of the Yorkshire Battalions who faced this, the most devastating Battle in British military history.

Danger Danger! Modes Complete Top Tips for recording hazards in collections7th July, 2016

Danger Danger! In our Complete Top Tips this month we show you how best to record hazards in your collections. All kinds of objects can pose a potential danger to body or environment – whether it’s ordnance, poisonous materials, sharp tools or explosives! – this information must be recorded in your Modes. LET US SHOW YOU HOW...

Top Tips for Compact – Danger Danger! How best to record hazards in collections7th July, 2016

The ongoing commemoration of the Battle of the Somme, one hundred years ago, reminds us not only of the dangers of conflict but also of the ongoing dangers and hazards in the handling, storage and display of various items in our collections. All types of collections can present hazards to the collections team, museum and others - this information must be recorded and we show you how...

Skeletons from the Peak - experience Collections in the Landscape at Buxton Museum10th June, 2016

Did you know lions and hyenas once roamed this land? Well, many people don’t know this, and yet Buxton Museum collections hold vast and compelling evidence to support this very curious fact of Derbyshire’s not-so-distant past. Modes head north to find out more about the innovative Collections in the Landscape project from Museums Assistant Claire Miles and the team...


We have a very curious object, or rather ‘separate objects’ to showcase this month, and these have an unusual and most unexpected place in British archaeology. Claire Miles, Collections Assistant at Buxton Museum, tells us more…


Discover more about the Compact 1.3 update and join the Modes team and other Modes users for a FREE WORKSHOP on Thursday 30 June at The Voicebox in Derby. Booking is essential, and the famous Modes Buffet lunch will be provided. FIND OUT MORE…

Targeting success in Independent Museums9th June, 2016

Modes will be exhibiting later this month at the annual Association of Independent Museums (AIM) conference in Edinburgh on 23rd /24th June. The theme for this worthwhile conference is ‘The Elements of Success’.

Top Tips - Order Order! How to output/print records in your preferred order9th June, 2016

Our Top Tips for this month look at What you do when printing or outputting a group of records whether marked, in a subset or even the whole file – how do you get the output to deliver the information in your preferred order?

FREE WORKSHOP – Presenting Modes Compact 1.35th May, 2016

Join us on Thursday 30 June 2016. 11am to 3pm At The Voicebox, Derby, DE1 1JQ. Booking essential. Refreshments and buffet lunch provided. READ MORE

OUT NOW – Get to grips with new and improved features in Modes Compact 1.35th May, 2016

The much anticipated update to Modes Compact is now available. And whether you’re a current user wondering why you should upgrade to version 1.3, or a prospective user looking to buy your first system, here’s a quick tour of the great new features designed to help you maximise the potential of your collections.