‘The museum must have an approved policy for developing collections (also known as an acquisition and disposal policy). The policy must include:
2.2.1 the statement of purpose
2.2.2 an overview of current collections
2.2.3 themes and priorities for future collecting
2.2.4 themes and priorities for rationalisation and disposal
2.2.5 information about the legal and ethical framework for acquisition and disposal of items.’

(Accreditation standard, October 2011)

Museum Accreditation Scheme Collections Development Policy template

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This template from Arts Council England provides a Development Policy framework, which sets out the principles, standards and legislation for responsible and ethical acquisition (and disposal) of collections. This resource has direct relevance to Accreditation requirement 2.2 Development Policy: ‘The museum must have an approved policy for developing collections (also known as an acquisition and disposal […]

Museum Accreditation Standard section 2: Collections, 2.2 Development Policy - guidance

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This resource from Arts Council England sets out the Accreditation requirements for section 2: Collections, and general guidance on how to achieve them. It is particularly useful if you are using the templates for a Collections Development Policy and need to refer to the guidance. This resource includes guidance on: Requirement 2.1: Satisfactory arrangements for […]

Collections rationalisation

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This short animation from SHARE Museums East provides information and guidance on: What is Collections Rationalisation? Why would a museum want to do it? It is relevant to Accreditation requirement 2.2 Development Policy: ‘The museum must have an approved policy for developing collections (also known as an acquisition and disposal policy).’ Animation by TopBox Media […]

Guidelines for the care of human remains in Scottish museum collections

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This publication details Scotland-specific guidelines for the care of human remains in museum collections including their care, associated ethics, display, use and issues around repatriation requests. It also includes comprehensive legal guidelines in a Scottish context. In relation to Collections Development Standards, it outlines good practice guidance for museums acquiring and holding human remains from […]

Guidance for the care of human remains in museums

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This resource from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport outlines good practice guidance for museums acquiring and holding human remains from any period and aims to offer practical support in the care of human remains in museums. In reference to Collections Development Standards, there is no legislation covering Repatriation and Restitution of Objects and […]

Code of ethics for museums

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The Museum Association Code of Ethics defines the ethical principles which guide museum practice and underpin policy and practice regarding the development of museum collections. An ethical approach to museums also underpins the Accreditation Standard. This code supports museums, those who work in and with them, and their governing bodies in recognising and resolving ethical […]

PAS197: 2009 Code of Practice for Cultural Collections Management

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The Collections Trust commissioned the British Standards Institute (BSI) to create a Publicly Available Specification for Collections Management in 2009. This was published as BSI PAS 197:2009. The purpose of a Publicly Available Specification is to provide a common definition of a body of professional practice in a specific industry sector. PAS 197 enables top-level […]