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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.

Object of the Month - Lady’s Slipper Orchid5th May, 2016

This month we go floral for our user object of the month with rare a piece of Britain’s natural history. Rachael Petts from Kendal Museum tells us more about this special object on display at Kendal Museum.

How museums inspire our connection to the natural world5th May, 2016

Last month Modes attended the Natural Science Collections Association (NatSCA) Conference at Derby’s Silk Mill. Attended by curators, keepers and collection teams of Natural Science, Natural History, Geology, Zoology, Botany (and many more specialist subject areas) it was a fascinating and action-packed two days of talks and discussions.

Top Tips for Modes version check5th May, 2016

With the superior version 1.3 now out for both Modes Complete & Compact, the Modes Team strongly recommends you upgrade to version 1.3 as soon as possible to keep up-to-date. But how do you know which version you are currently using? It’s easy to check and quick to update.

Top Tips March 2016 – Collecting in the Field24th March, 2016

Collections at museums based in rural locations contain many items found in the surrounding fields. These might be archaeological, natural history, social history items and even militaria, but whatever type of object it is they have all been found in outside locations. Our top tips this month tell you how to record this in Modes...

OBJECT OF THE MONTH – MARCH 201624th March, 2016

Our March 'object of the month' transports us back to a time of industry where we discover dangerous vocations in Dartmoor's past. We find out more about this intriguing object from Andrew Thompson, manager of the Museum of Dartmoor Life...

RURAL SPOTLIGHT: MUSEUM OF DARTMOOR LIFE – resolving the challenges of rural community collections24th March, 2016

Spring is officially here, and this month Modes visit long-standing users at the Museum of Dartmoor Life in rural Devon, where the museum’s Manager Andrew Thompson describes some of the challenges for this small community museum. He explains how his team have transitioned from a legacy system to Modes Complete, and why the collections project has been so important for the museum.