'Learning is a core purpose for museums. They use collections and associated information for exhibitions and learning opportunities. The museum must:
3.3.1 exhibit the collections using a variety of interpretative methods
3.3.2 provide access to the collections and associated information for research purposes and other forms of engagement
3.3.3 provide effective and stimulating learning and discovery experiences focused on the collections.'

(Accreditation standard, October 2011)

Planning for effective museum interpretation - how to write an interpretive plan

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This resource is related to the Accreditation Standard 3.3.1, ‘The museum must exhibit the collections using a variety of interpretative methods.’ This is a practical guide for museums who are new to interpretive planning, or for those who want to update their planning skills. It explores: Who should be involved in the interpretive planning process? […]

Saying it differently - a handbook for museums refreshing their display

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This resource is related to the Accreditation Standard 3.3.1, ‘The museum must exhibit the collections using a variety of interpretative methods.’ The Say it Again, Say it Differently project (2002-2006), led to the compilation of this handbook, which provides practical suggestions for museums on developing effective and accessible written communications, displays, text and websites. Clicking the […]

Creative spaces children as co-researchers in the design of museum and gallery learning

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This resource is related to the Accreditation Standard sections 3.3.2, ‘Providing access to the collections and associated information for research purposes and other forms of engagement’ and 3.3.3, ‘Provide effective and stimulating learning and discovery experiences focussed on the collections’ This publication describes a research project which Renaissance North West commissioned called Creative Spaces. It […]

Museums, health and wellbeing

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This resource is related to the Accreditation Standard sections 3.3.2, ‘Providing access to the collections and associated information for research purposes and other forms of engagement’ and 3.3.3, ‘Provide effective and stimulating learning and discovery experiences focussed on the collections.’ This resource is a result of collaboration between health professionals, six major museums and art […]

Tips for working with secondary schools

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This resource is related to the Accreditation Standard sections 3.3.2, ‘Providing access to the collections and associated information for research purposes and other forms of engagement’ and 3.3.3, ‘Provide effective and stimulating learning and discovery experiences focussed on the collections.’ This guide provides tips to offer ways of creating partnerships and developing an offer that […]

Safeguarding for museums: DBS checks

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This resource is related to the Accreditation Standard sections 3.3.2, ‘Providing access to the collections and associated information for research purposes and other forms of engagement’ and 3.3.3, ‘Provide effective and stimulating learning and discovery experiences focussed on the collections.’ A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check may be needed for certain jobs or voluntary […]

Good practice guidelines for developing learning programmes in museums

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This resource is related to the Accreditation Standard sections 3.3.2, ‘Providing access to the collections and associated information for research purposes and other forms of engagement’ and 3.3.3, ‘Provide effective and stimulating learning and discovery experiences focussed on the collections.’ It provides guidelines for smaller museums on how to provide quality learning services. The main […]

Kids in Museums resources

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This resource is related to the Accreditation Standard sections 3.3.2, ‘Providing access to the collections and associated information for research purposes and other forms of engagement’ and 3.3.3, ‘Provide effective and stimulating learning and discovery experiences focussed on the collections.’ This website provides links to all Kids in Museums resources including fact sheets and information […]

Family learning and museums, libraries, archives and the cultural sector

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This resource is related to the Accreditation Standard sections 3.3.2, ‘Providing access to the collections and associated information for research purposes and other forms of engagement’ and 3.3.3, ‘Provide effective and stimulating learning and discovery experiences focussed on the collections.’ These resources set the context for the strategic development of family learning programmes with museums, […]

Learning with museum objects

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This resource is related to the Accreditation Standard sections 3.3.2, ‘Providing access to the collections and associated information for research purposes and other forms of engagement’ and 3.3.3, ‘Provide effective and stimulating learning and discovery experiences focussed on the collections.’ This publication from The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon provides information and support on working […]

Background to digital cultural learning in the UK

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This resource is related to the Accreditation Standard sections 3.3.2, ‘Providing access to the collections and associated information for research purposes and other forms of engagement’ and 3.3.3, ‘Provide effective and stimulating learning and discovery experiences focussed on the collections.’ This research report was carried out by Flow Research on behalf of Artswork, the South […]

Materials from the Museum Learning Conference: Creative Approaches to Working With Schools

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This resource is related to the Accreditation Standard sections 3.3.2, ‘Providing access to the collections and associated information for research purposes and other forms of engagement’ and 3.3.3, ‘Provide effective and stimulating learning and discovery experiences focussed on the collections.’ These are resources from the Museum Learning Conference: Creative Approaches to Working With Schools. They […]

Teaching resources for creative and cultural education

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This resource is related to the Accreditation Standard sections 3.3.2, ‘Providing access to the collections and associated information for research purposes and other forms of engagement’ and 3.3.3, ‘Provide effective and stimulating learning and discovery experiences focussed on the collections.’ This database provides teaching resources for creative and cultural education. The materials available are from […]

Materials from Building Engagement: Working with Schools

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This resource is related to the Accreditation Standard sections 3.3.2, ‘Providing access to the collections and associated information for research purposes and other forms of engagement’ and 3.3.3, ‘Provide effective and stimulating learning and discovery experiences focussed on the collections.’ This website contains a range of materials relating to the Building Engagement: Working with Schools seminar. […]

Digital engagement resources

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This resource can support museums in achieving the Accreditation Standard 3.3.1, ‘The museum must exhibit the collections using a variety of interpretative methods.’ This web page contains a range of resources and links supporting digital engagement in museums, including development of a digital strategy, website management, copyright, use of technology to engage users and social […]

The future of digital interpretation - gallery objects as service avatars

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This resource can support museums in achieving the Accreditation Standard 3.3.1, ‘The museum must exhibit the collections using a variety of interpretative methods.’ This paper outlines how digital technology in physical spaces can offer a seamless experience centred firmly on the object. It encourages museums to reveal more of their collections by producing dense displays […]

Interpretation guidance

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This resource is aimed at organisational applying for Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant aid, however it has relevance and useful information for museums and can support work to meet the Accreditation Standard in section 3.3.1, ‘The museum must exhibit the collections using a variety of interpretative methods.’ This guidance is designed to help organisations think […]

Top ten tips for museum interpretation

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This resource can support museums in achieving the Accreditation Standard 3.3.1, ‘The museum must exhibit the collections using a variety of interpretative methods.’ These top tips focus on making the most of a team approach to effective interpretation. Clicking the link on this page will allow you to download this resource as a PDF.

Gallery text at the V&A - a ten point guide

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This resource can support museums in achieving the Accreditation Standard 3.3.1, ‘The museum must exhibit the collections using a variety of interpretative methods.’ These guidelines are a quick survey of the main principles of writing good gallery text. They focus on creating gallery text that is interesting, engaging and accessible for a wide audience, recognising […]

Writing effective museum text

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This resource can support Accreditation Standard 3.3.1, ‘The museum must exhibit the collections using a variety of interpretative methods.’ This is a slide share presentation for writing effective museum text. Clicking the link on this page will open this resource to view on the SlideShare website.

Interpretation on a shoestring

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This resource is related to the Accreditation Standard 3.3.1, ‘The museum must exhibit the collections using a variety of interpretative methods.’ These presentations and papers are from the Association for Heritage Interpretation (AHI) Conference 2011. The theme was adapting and succeeding in challenging financial times. Clicking the link on this page will open this resource to […]

Introduction to interpretive planning – planning for effective museum interpretation

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This resource is related to the Accreditation Standard 3.3.1, ‘The museum must exhibit the collections using a variety of interpretative methods.’ This information sheet complements the resource ‘Planning for effective museum interpretation – how to write an interpretive plan’, and provides more in-depth guidance on interpretative planning in museums. Clicking the link on this page will […]

Revisiting Museum Collections

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Revisiting Museum Collections, developed in 2006, supports museums and archives to open up their collections for reinterpretation and knowledge capture by community groups and external experts to build and share a new understanding of the multi-layered meaning and significance of objects and records. Revisiting Museum Collections aims to capture and permanently associate this newly acquired […]