'The museum must take responsibility for all the collections it manages.

The museum must be able to provide information on the size of the collections and the proportion of the collections owned by and on loan to it. Any risks relating to collections on loan to the museum should be dealt with through forward planning.'

(Accreditation standard, October 2011)

Buying from online sources

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This resource relates to Accreditation Standard 2.1 Satisfactory arrangement for the ownership of collections, ‘The museum must take responsibility for all the collections it manages. It must be able to provide information on the size of the collections and the proportion of the collections owned by and on loan to it. Any risks relating to […]

The 1970 Threshold fact sheet

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This resource relates to Accreditation Standard 2.1 Satisfactory arrangement for the ownership of collections which requires that the museum must take responsibility for all the collections it manages. ‘The museum must be able to provide information on the size of the collections and the proportion of the collections owned by and on loan to it. […]

Position Statement: Transfer of Museum Documentation from Local Authorities

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This Position Statement has been published by the Collections Trust in response to requests received from English museums relating to the transfer of ownership of collections information (‘documentation’) during the transition from Local Authority support to independent Trust status. General Principles A museum collection comprises: The physical items which make up the collection. Digital images, […]

The legal and ethical status of museum collections: curatorially motivated disposals

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This resource relates to the Accreditation Standard 2.1 Satisfactory arrangement for the ownership of collections. ‘The museum must take responsibility for all the collections it manages. It must be able to provide information on the size of the collections and the proportion of the collections owned by and on loan to it. Any risks relating […]

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 […]