Reply To: Numbering systems

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In the UK the numbering system YYYY.NNN is recommended, where the object is numbered by the year of accession into the collection, then a dot, then the number  (from 1,2,3). Parts of an item are then subnumbered YYYY.NNN.1, YYYYY.NNN.2 etc, with the main part of the item being 1.   More detailed guidance is at http://www.collectionslink.org.uk/media/com_form2content/documents/c1/a217/f6/NumberingFactsheet.pdf

There is a factsheet on renumbering on the Collections Link website. The link seems to be broken  but I hope it will be fixed today. See http://www.collectionslink.org.uk/discover/manage-information/626-re-numbering

And for one curator’s entertaining (and helpful) view of their numbering problem, try http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/museums/2012/03/19/magic-numbers/

Hope this helps