The Association of British Transport & Engineering Museums (ABTEM) are proud to announce that the ‘Guidelines for the Care and Operation of Larger and Working Historic Objects’ will be launched at a special event at the Manchester Museum of Science & Industry on Thursday 15th February 2018.

The event marks the culmination of a four-year project to produce new guidelines for museums, volunteer groups and private collectors with larger and working objects. The guidelines will cover stationary engines, industrial machinery, road vehicles, aircraft, railway vehicles, ships, boats and other working items.

The new document will update and complement standards first published by the former Museums & Galleries Commission first published in 1994 that have been used widely by specialists and non-specialists alike but after two decades of experience needed updating.


The Guidelines are the result of considerable consultation and collaboration with the sector both through a scoping study undertaken by consultant Rob Shorland-Ball in 2015 and the work with others in the transport and industrial heritage world as the final document was produced by the International Railway Heritage Consultancy (IRHC) in 2017.

Information about the project, and also about seminars being run to publicise the new document can be found at http://www.abtemguidelines.org

The Guidelines are available in a number of formats:

A hard copy version produced in conjunction with the Collections Trust at a cost of £24.99 + postage. Copies can be ordered by visiting:


There is also a ‘Flipbook’ format book that can be viewed free of charge at:


A free downloadable PDF file (6.6mb) is available from www.abtemguidelines.org



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