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Successful governance in independent museums

The Accreditation Scheme requires museums to demonstrate sound organisational health which is underpinned by good governance. Governing bodies have overall responsibility for the running of the museum and are responsible for setting strategic priorities, managing the finances and agreeing the forward plan. They should ensure that the governing documents are, and continue to be, fit for purpose.

This guide is based on the Association of Independent Museums Focus Paper Governing Independent Museums, first published in 1995 and revised in 2002 and 2005. It 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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Date created: 2013

Author: Adrian Babbidge

Publisher: Association of Independent Museums