This handbook has been developed in response to the Mendoza Review. It can help you identify the key ways in which councillors can support museums to be most effective.
‘That involves showing us:
- an organisation chart that shows us all the people that work at the museum, including volunteers and paid staff, covering the front of house through to the governing body, and the relationships between them. If a separate organisation runs the museum, we need to see any approved agreements between that organisation and the governing body
- who has the authority and responsibility to approve decisions. This might include decisions you delegate to sub-committees, staff or volunteers
- clear agreements with your staff and volunteers setting out their roles and responsibilities
- evidence that your governing body has access to museum professional advice’
(Accreditation standard, November 2018)
This resource is geared towards supporting volunteering in arts organisations in Scotland. Many of the suggestions, checklists and case studies will be relevant to museums and to the Accreditation Standard.
The Collections Management Competency Framework defines the collections management skills and behaviours which a museum needs to develop, manage and sustain collections so that they can be used by the public.
Arts Council England has produced this resource to directly support museums to meet the Accreditation Standard. It is applicable to all independent museums across the UK and provides information and advice about the Museum Mentor scheme.
This publication provides guidance, information and a template agreement for museums and museum mentors.
This resource provides a range of resources, guidance and good practice templates exploring recruiting, supporting and retaining volunteers.
This resource is aimed at small organisations and is useful for assessing the skills of your workforce and/or governing body. It directly supports the Accreditation Standard.
These information sheets cover a wide variety of topics relevant to working with volunteers, from developing a volunteer strategy, writing a volunteer policy, to information on recruitment, expenses, safety, legal matters and how to attract and involve different target groups effectively.
This resource is geared towards supporting volunteering in arts organisations in England. Many of the suggestions, checklists and case studies will be relevant to museums and to the Accreditation Standard.
These publications provide relevant information for organisations across the UK, offering a wide range of information to support organisations and individuals who are responsible for managing and organising volunteer effort.
This resource provides information to support effective volunteer development, policies and procedures from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).
This resource provides a checklist for museums developing management agreements.
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.
This guidance from The Charity Commission relates directly to the Accreditation Standard for those museums which are charities. It outlines what is involved in being a trustee.