‘The museum must take responsibility for all the collections it manages.
The museum must be able to provide information on the size of the collections and the proportion of the collections owned by and on loan to it. Any risks relating to collections on loan to the museum should be dealt with through forward planning.’
(Accreditation standard, October 2011)
This Position Statement has been published by the Collections Trust in response to requests received from English museums relating to the transfer of ownership of collections information (‘documentation’) during the transition from Local Authority support to independent Trust status.
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.