‘The museum must be an effective organisation that is well managed and able to provide evidence of the following:

1.3.1 that it has a satisfactory management structure, from the governing body to the user
1.3.2 that it has formally approved any authorities or responsibilities that the governing body has delegated to sub-committees, members of staff or volunteers
1.3.3 that the management structure makes sure there is appropriate professional input into decision making and policy development
1.3.4 that succession procedures are sufficient to ensure business continuity and accountability
1.3.5 the person or organisation that has powers to approve documents such as the forward plan and policies on managing collections
1.3.6 any approved agreement under which a separate organisation runs the museum.’

(Accreditation standard, October 2011)

Management agreement checklist


If two or more bodies are involved in delivering a museum service, their respective responsibilities must be set out in a formal, legally binding management agreement between the parties. This resource from The South Western Federation of Museums and Galleries provides a checklist for museums developing management agreements and is useful in supporting 1.3.6 of the Accreditation […]

Succession planning framework


This framework from the Museums, Archives and Libraries Division (MALD) of the Welsh Government provides a succession planning framework for the analysis of a museum’s current situation and a template to guide museums in planning for the future. Clicking the link on this page will open this resource to view on the Welsh Government website.

Charity governance, finance and resilience: 15 questions trustees should ask


This resource from The Charity Commission supports museums that are charities to review their governance and effectiveness and relates to 1.3.1, 1.3.2, 1.3.4 and 1.3.5 of the Accreditation Standard. The checklist can be used to review a charity’s effectiveness at AGMs, trustee meetings, away-day discussions or planning meetings. Clicking the link on this page will open […]

Guidance for charity trustees


This guidance from The Charity Commission relates directly to the Accreditation Standard for those museums which are charities. Charity trustees share ultimate responsibility for governing a charity and directing how it is managed and run. They may be called trustees, the board, the management committee, governors, or directors. This resource explains what being a trustee […]

Organisation development


This resource from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) particularly supports museums in meeting 1.3.1, 1.3.2 and 1.3.5 of the Accreditation Standard. It provides an introduction to organisational structure, culture and capacity building in the voluntary sector, information on structure and culture and a guide to different types of organisational structure and the varying […]