‘The museum must be a long-term organisation that exists to benefit the public and protect collections. It must have an appropriate and acceptable constitution for the governing body.’ (Accreditation standard, October 2011)

Constitutional & governance arrangements guidance document

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This paper is directly related to the Accreditation Standard, providing guidance on the requirements of the Standard (2011 edition). It includes acceptable and appropriate constitutions for governing bodies, and describes the characteristics of long-term organisations which exist to benefit the public and safeguard collections. It includes: a rationale for what constitutes acceptable constitutional arrangements, based […]

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Trusts for Big Society - the growing role of trusts in the culture, library and leisure sectors

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The Accreditation Scheme requires all museums have appropriate governance arrangements in place. Section 1 of the Organisational Health guidance states: ‘Local authorities should be aware of the constitutional arrangements for the museums they manage, whether through the 1964 Act, or where museum provision has been granted through a local act, or where the authority acts […]

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Exploring the trust option for museum services: a practical guide to the feasibility stage

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The Accreditation Scheme requires all museums to have appropriate governance arrangements in place. Section 1 of the Organisational Health guidance states: ‘Local authorities should be aware of the constitutional arrangements for the museums they manage, whether through the 1964 Act, or where museum provision has been granted through a local act, or where the authority […]

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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 […]

Young Trustees Guide: Developing the next generation of charity leaders

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Accreditation requires museums to be long-term organisations with an appropriate constitution. Museums are expected to demonstrate a good understanding of their governance arrangements. This guide from the Charities Aid Foundation aims to encourage more charities to take on young trustees, or at least to put in place programmes that give young people the relevant skills […]

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Safeguarding your collections

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Accreditation specifies that a museum must be a long-term organisation that exists to benefit the public and protect collections; safeguarding collections is an essential part of good governance. This article from the Association of Independent Museums discusses the safeguarding of collections and the importance to all charities of having the right legal structure in place […]

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Golden rules for good governance

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These ‘Golden Rules’, put together by the Association of Independent Museums, are not directly linked to the Museum Accreditation Scheme, but they are derived from similar challenges found in independent museums. They form the basis for successful governance for all independent museums and galleries – large and small. Clicking the link on this page will open […]

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Small charity constitution

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Accreditation requires museums to be long-term organisations with an appropriate constitution. Museums are expected to demonstrate a good understanding of their governance arrangements. This resource is aimed at voluntary organisations. NAVCA, the Charity Commission and many other third sector organisations have developed a ‘small charities constitution’. This constitution is designed to provide a concise, practical framework […]

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Museum governance and management

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Accreditation requires museums to be long-term organisations with an appropriate constitution. Museums are expected to demonstrate a good understanding of their governance arrangements. This resource was created by the Northern Ireland Museums Council to provide local museums with an overview of the principles of governance and signpost them to sources of further, detailed information. Clicking the link on […]

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Governance FAQs

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Accreditation requires museums to be long-term organisations with an appropriate constitution. Museums are expected to demonstrate a good understanding of their governance arrangements. This resource from ACEVO is aimed at voluntary organisations. It provides a number of frequently asked questions from chief executives regarding governance. Clicking the link on this page will open this resource to […]

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Governance of voluntary organisations

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Accreditation requires museums to be long-term organisations with an appropriate constitution. Museums are expected to demonstrate a good understanding of their governance arrangements. This resource from National Council For Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is aimed at voluntary organisations. It considers how organisations might be governed to ensure they are effective, accountable and have direction, and provides […]

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Guidance for setting up a charity

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Accreditation requires museums to be long-term organisations with an appropriate constitution. Museums are expected to demonstrate a good understanding of their governance arrangements. This resource from the National Council For Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is aimed at charities and charitable trusts. It is published on a wiki on the NCVO website and covers all aspects of […]

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Charities and charitable trusts: the basics

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Accreditation requires museums to be long-term organisations with an appropriate constitution. Museums are expected to demonstrate a good understanding of their governance arrangements. This resource from the National Council For Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is aimed at new charities and charitable trusts, or organisations aiming to become charities. It is primarily for those new to the […]

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Setting up a charity

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This resource from the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) provides information to support organisations in voluntary associations, trusts, social enterprises, companies limited by guarantee and SCIOs to make the best decision to set up an organisation that fits their goals. Clicking the link on this page will open this resource to view on the SCVO website.

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Guidance on the Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation for charities and their advisers

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Accreditation requires museums to be long-term organisations with an appropriate constitution. Museums are expected to demonstrate a good understanding of their governance arrangements. This publication by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator provides a guide to organisations wishing to establish themselves as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation. This resource is relevant to charities and […]

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Changing your charity’s purposes

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Accreditation requires museums to be long-term organisations with an appropriate constitution. Museums are expected to demonstrate a good understanding of their governance arrangements. This document has been written to help organisations make an application to change the purpose of their charity in the Scottish Charity Register. This resource is relevant to charities and charitable trusts […]

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Becoming a charity in Scotland

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Accreditation requires museums to be long-term organisations with an appropriate constitution. Museums are expected to demonstrate a good understanding of their governance arrangements. This publication is relevant to charities and charitable trusts in Scotland. Clicking the link on this page will open this resource as a PDF in your current browser window.

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Starting a new charity: FAQs

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Accreditation requires museums to be long-term organisations with an appropriate constitution. Museums are expected to demonstrate a good understanding of their governance arrangements. This resource from The Small Charities Coalition is aimed at charities and charitable trusts. It recognises that setting up a charity is not a quick and easy process and provides answers to […]

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Successful governance in independent museums

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The Accreditation Scheme requires museums to demonstrate sound organisational health which is underpinned by good governance. Governing bodies have overall responsibility for the running of the museum and are responsible for setting strategic priorities, managing the finances and agreeing the forward plan. They should ensure that the governing documents are, and continue to be, fit […]

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Setting up a charity: model governing documents

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Accreditation requires museums to be long-term organisations with an appropriate constitution. Museums are expected to demonstrate a good understanding of their governance arrangements. These resources from The Charities Commission are aimed at charities and charitable trusts and provide models, templates and guidance for constitutions, articles of association and trust deeds for a new charity or charitable trust. […]

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Hallmarks of prospering museums

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The Association of Independent Museums ‘Hallmarks of Prospering Museums’ are not directly linked to the Museum Accreditation Scheme, but they offer a framework for success for museums to work within and to consider. The Hallmarks are based on the understanding that successful museums share certain characteristics: a culture of resourcefulness, passion and willingness to try […]