‘Your museum must plan effectively for the long-term and be able to adapt in a changing environment. Your forward or business plan should be approved by your governing body and should:

  • include a statement of purpose for your museum
  • be explicit about the period the plan covers
  • state the key aims you want to achieve over the plan’s duration
  • explain how you’ll achieve these aims
  • explain what you’ll need to achieve these aims, including people, equipment and money
  • include budgets for the current and subsequent planning year
  • include the plan’s next review date’

(Accreditation standard, November 2018)

Business survival toolkit

Resource

This resource is not aligned to the Accreditation Standard, however the stages outlined in the toolkit will be useful for museums that are building on their forward plan and developing business plans. The resource has a wide reach across the cultural sector.

Part of: Forward plan

Successful business planning: AIM success guide

Resource

This guide is not specifically aligned to the Accreditation Standard, however it includes all the elements for a forward plan but with increased emphasis on business planning. It aims to build on a museum’s forward plan, taking museums through the process of business planning in logical steps.

Part of: Forward plan

Forward planning: a practical guide for museums

Resource

This practical guide is designed to win support for an organisation’s organisational purpose, to articulate its strategic priorities, and to set objectives and allocate resources to support them. It is directly linked to the Accreditation Standard and enables museums to develop effective, Accreditation compliant forward plans.

Part of: Forward plan