‘The museum must be a long-term organisation that exists to benefit the public and protect its assets, including collections. It must have an appropriate and acceptable constitutional structure and documentation for the governing body.’

(Accreditation standard, November 2018)

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.

Part of: Constitution

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.

Part of: Constitution

Governance

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This resource covers getting started in governance, board responsibilities, board structures and roles, and improving your practice in governance.

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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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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.

Part of: Constitution