‘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.

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Safeguarding your collections

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This article discusses the safeguarding of collections and the importance to all charities of having the right legal structure in place in order to protect and safeguard collections.

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Golden rules for good governance

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These ‘Golden Rules’ are not directly linked to the Museum Accreditation Scheme, but 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.

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Small charity constitution

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Accreditation requires museums to be long-term organisations with an appropriate constitution. This resource is aimed at voluntary organisations and is designed to provide a concise, practical framework for charities with an income of under £5,000.

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Museum governance and management

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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.

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Governance FAQs

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This resource is aimed at voluntary organisations, providing a number of frequently asked questions from chief executives regarding governance.

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Governance of voluntary organisations

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This resource considers how organisations might be governed to ensure they are effective, accountable and have direction, and provides information on getting started in governance, board responsibilities, structures and roles.

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Guidance for setting up a charity

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This resource is aimed at charities and charitable trusts, and covers all aspects of setting up a charity. Users can edit all content, create their own guides and debate issues in the page discussion areas.

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Charities and charitable trusts: the basics

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This resource is aimed at new charities and charitable trusts, or organisations aiming to become charities. It is primarily for those new to the charity or voluntary sector or anyone thinking about setting up a charity, voluntary organisation or social enterprise.

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Setting up a charity

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This resource 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.

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Changing your charity’s purposes

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This document has been written to help organisations make an application to change the purpose of their charity in the Scottish Charity Register. It is relevant to charities and charitable trusts in Scotland.

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Starting a new charity: FAQs

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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 frequently asked questions.

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Successful governance in independent museums

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This guide provides an overview of the key points of successful governance, by defining governance and exploring the structure of governing bodies, the roles of trustees and the difference between governance and management.

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Setting up a charity: model governing documents

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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. They identify what it is about successful heritage organisations that enables them to prosper and thrive.