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MODES for Chiddingstone Castle

Museum Name

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Chiddingstone Castle

Museum Contact

Maria Esain, Curator

Title of Project

Upgrading MODES software and training of curatorial staff and volunteers


July-October 2013

What was the Project aim(s)?

  • To upgrade our old database to a new, more user-friendly version
  • To train curatorial staff and volunteers to make the best use of it

What was the impact of the project?

  • Our staff and volunteers have gained new IT skills and fluency in using this new programme
  • A proper documentation system means better conserving the collections
  • Information about the collections is easily shared with this new database, making the collections more accessible

What went well and what didn’t go well?

Upgrading the system was a straightforward process. However, getting someone to train our staff did take more time as the person was quite busy.  The trainer had a museum background and understood the needs of our institution. He was also a very good communicator and explained everything clearly.

Everyone understood the need for a new database and welcomed the project.

What are your plans for the future?

Cataloguing items will be much easier with the new database. The objects will have a proper documentation system.

Overall Cost of Project

£1,100 ex VAT

Cost of upgrading from Modes for Windows to Modes Complete: £500 +VAT

Cost of on-site training for up to 6 people: £600 + VAT