‘The museum must be guided by a statement of purpose that defines why the museum exists and who it is for.’ (Accreditation standard, June 2014)

Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015

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This legislation is of relevance to publicly funded museums in Wales (the Act provides a definition of ‘publicly funded’) when reviewing their organisational purpose and strategic direction. It will also be useful as a pointer to good practice for non-publicly funded museums in Wales.

Guidance on setting up a museum

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Organisations considering joining the Museum Accreditation Scheme should consider what it means to be a museum. This document from Northern Ireland Museums Council provides an outline of the factors that need to be considered; it poses some salient questions and provides links to other sources of information and good practice when setting one up.

Successfully setting up a new museum

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Organisations considering joining the Museum Accreditation Scheme should consider what it means to be a museum. This guide from the Association of Independent Museums addresses the main points required, many of which are contained within the Accreditation Standard.

Audit checklists for Accreditation requirements

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These checklists support museums to audit their management practices against the standards required for Accreditation. Checklists detail the policies and procedures required and enable museums to see at a glance what needs updating and what is already in place.

Assessment requirements for Accreditation returns

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These guidance documents were published by Arts Council England to help museums complete their Accreditation return. At the end of the description of each requirement and the relevant advice on scalability, there is a series of questions that the person assessing your return will use as they carry out their work.

Coping with Accreditation in 26 weeks

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This resource is aimed at Museum Development Officers/ Museum Mentors and museums starting to plan their workload in the six month run up to submitting their Accreditation return.  A discussion point is your statement of purpose.

Accreditation Verification Visits

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This article discusses what to expect from Accreditation verification visits and provides support and guidance for museums in the Accreditation Scheme, either for those applying for the first time or for museums submitting a return.

New museum toolkit

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This toolkit was written for those who would like to understand what it means to be a museum. It asks tough questions about the commitment, time, resources, and circumstances needed for a new organisation to thrive, and can help organisations frame appropriate purposes.

How to write charitable purposes

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Relating specifically to independent museums, this resource is for charities which are guided by a charitable constitution including a statement of purpose, known as the ‘object’ or ‘objects’. This guidance provides a four-step process to defining and writing charity purposes. It focuses on the outcomes of the charity, the beneficiaries and includes examples of good practice and terminology to avoid.