'The museum must be guided by a statement of purpose that defines why the museum exists and who it is for.' (Accreditation standard, June 2014)

Hallmarks of prospering museums

Resource

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 […]

Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015

Resource

This legislation is of relevance to publicly funded museums in Wales (the Act provides a definition of ‘publicly funded’). The legislation requires that public bodies in Wales, carry out ‘sustainable development’ and Set and publish ‘well-being objectives’ which contribute to the Welsh governments 7 ‘well-being goals’ – these are listed here. Plan to achieve their objectives. […]

Guidance on setting up a museum

Resource

Organisations considering joining the Museum Accreditation Scheme should consider what it means to be a museum. These documents from Northern Ireland Museums Council explore some essential things which need to be worked through in order to ensure that the proposed museum gets off to a good start, that improvident investment and effort are avoided, and that […]

Successfully setting up a new museum

Resource

Organisations considering joining the Museum Accreditation Scheme should consider what it means to be a museum. This guide from the Association of Independent Museums addresses the main points required, many of which are contained within the Accreditation Standard. It aims to help groups or individuals in the UK who are thinking about setting up a new […]

Guidance documents for museums in the Accreditation Scheme

Resource

The Accreditation Scheme sets nationally agreed standards for museums in the UK. The standard contains specific requirements for the development of the collection, in particular under Section 2: Collections. Accreditation requires that the museum reflects the PAS 197 Collections Management Framework in the organisation of it collections management. This resource from Arts Council England provides […]

Audit checklists for Accreditation requirements

Resource

This list of downloadable resources, developed by the South Western Federation of Museums & Art Galleries with funding from Renaisssance South West, provides support and guidance for museums in the Accreditation Scheme, either for those applying for the first time or for museums submitting a return. The checklists for Sections 1, 2 and 3 support museums […]

Assessment requirements for Accreditation returns

Resource

This list of downloadable resources provides support and guidance for museums in the Accreditation Scheme, either for those applying for the first time or for museums submitting a return. The three guidance documents published by Arts Council England to help museums complete their Accreditation return have, at the end of the description of each requirement and […]

Planning your Accreditation return in 26 weeks

Resource

This list of downloadable resources provides support and guidance for museums in the Accreditation Scheme, either for those applying for the first or for museums submitting a return. It is aimed at Museum Development Officers/ Museum Mentors and museums starting to plan their workload in the six month run up to submitting their Accreditation return. It […]

What to expect from Accreditation verification visits

Resource

This article discusses what to expect from Accreditation verification visits and provides support and guidance for museums in the Accreditation Scheme, either for those applying for the first time or for museums submitting a return. It provides information about an Accreditation verification visit, presenting the perspective of the assessor, Sarah Menary, and the museum curator at Dr […]

New museum toolkit

Resource

This toolkit is the successor to Big Questions? Big Answers (Scottish Museums Council, 2002). It is written for those who would like to understand what it means to be a museum. Establishing and running a museum is challenging, brings many responsibilities and can mean struggling for years without succeeding. So, as with Big Questions? Big Answers, the […]

How to write charitable purposes

Resource

Relating specifically to independent museums, this resource is for charities which are guided by a charitable constitution including a statement of purpose, known as the ‘object’ or ‘objects’. This guidance provides a four-step process to defining and writing charity purposes. It focuses on the outcomes of the charity, the beneficiaries and includes examples of good […]