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The Scottish Museum Council's Condition Assessment Tool (CAT)

We are pleased to offer the Condition Assessment Tool (CAT) for download. CAT was originally designed by the Scottish Museums Council as a tool to help museum staff and conservators to better assess collection condition and use the information generated more effectively, particularly for large projects involving many conservation assessors. Its features allow non-conservators to undertake basic assessments of collection condition with a little basic training and the agreement of the meaning of terms.

The CAT is made available by the kind permission of Museums Galleries Scotland.

You can download a zipped file here to get the older version which works in Windows 98, Windows XP and Windows Vista, together with versions of Microsoft Access up to Access 2003.

The file includes the CAT installer, factsheets in PDF format, and help files in Word and PDF format.

You can download a zipped file here of the latest version of CAT (updated 2012) that should work with Windows 7 and more recent versions of Access. Please provide feedback to Will Murray at the Studio if you have difficulties installing or running this file - see our website enquiry form or email info [at] For those who do not have Microsoft Access installed on their computers, the setup allows you to install Access Runtime, a free version of Access made available by Microsoft, so that CAT can be run without Access or Office. This is also a useful option when MS Access is already installed, but declines to run CAT.

CAT is open source and users are welcome to modify it and make their modifications available to others.

Museums Galleries Scotland and the Scottish Conservation Studio will not be liable for any use of the program nor any losses of any kind.

The CAT is also available on the Collectionslink website - click here.