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Good Practice Case Studies: Forward Planning at Kirkleatham Museum

A case study exploring the Forward Planning process at Kirkleatham Museum, the museums service for Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council. This case study includes Kirkleatham’s 2012 - 17 Forward Plan, which was submitted with their Accreditation Return.


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Author: Alex Dawson
Publisher: Collections Trust and Arts Council England
Publication date: 09-12-2013

Good Practice Case Studies: Forward Planning at Thornbury & District Museum

A case study exploring the Forward Planning process at Thornbury & District Museum, an independent museum in Gloucestershire. This case study includes Thornbury's 2013 - 15 Forward Plan, which was submitted with their Accreditation Return.


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Author: Alex Dawson.
Publisher: Collections Trust and Arts Council England
Publication date: 09-12-2013

Accreditation guidance - users and their experiences

This document offers guidance relating to the Accreditation Standard, section three - users and their experiences. This second version of the section three guidance has been published after reviewing comments from museum practitioners collected during 2012. Elements which have been revised are clearly highlighted. The Accreditation Standard itself has not changed.

A print friendly version is available on the Arts Council's website: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/supporting-museums/accreditation-scheme/guidance-documents/.

Read more about the resource on this website (external link)


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Author: Arts Council England, CyMAL, Museums Galleries Scotland, NIMC
Publisher: Arts Council England
Publication date: 13-02-2013

Accreditation guidance - collections

This document offers guidance relating to the Accreditation Standard, section two - collections. This second version of the section two guidance has been published after reviewing comments from museum practitioners collected during 2012. Elements which have been revised are clearly highlighted. The Accreditation Standard itself has not changed.

A print friendly version is available on the Arts Council's website: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/supporting-museums/accreditation-scheme/guidance-documents/.

Read more about the resource on this website (external link)


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Author: Arts Council England, CyMAL, Museums Galleries Scotland, NIMC
Publisher: Arts Council England
Publication date: 13-02-2013

Benchmarks in Collections Care 2.0

Benchmarks in Collections Care 2.0 has been comprehensively updated to reflect the latest in collections care practice.

This interactive spreadsheet in Excel, can be downloaded and used to review and improve your collections care.

Benchmarks reproduced in Excel is based on a spread sheet originally created by Chris Woods, Director of the National Conservation Service

Producing a Forward Plan

Museums & Galleries Commission Guidelines for Good Practice, assisting curators and managers in developing their museum services to a high standard beyond the basic minimum by producing a forward plan.

This guidance was published in 1996 and still contains useful information for museums developing a forward plan. You may find this useful if you are preparing for Accreditation.

Accreditation guidance - organisational health

This document offers guidance relating to the Accreditation Standard, section one - organisational health. This second version of the section one guidance has been published after reviewing comments from museum practitioners collected during 2012. Elements which have been revised are clearly highlighted. The Accreditation Standard itself has not changed.

A print friendly version is available on the Arts Council's website: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/supporting-museums/accreditation-scheme/guidance-documents/.

Read more about the resource on this website (external link)


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Author: Arts Council England, CyMAL, Museums Galleries Scotland, NIMC
Publisher: Arts Council England
Publication date: 13-02-2013

Accreditation guidance - introduction

This document offers introductory guidance relating to the Accreditation Standard. This second version of the introductory guidance has been published after reviewing comments from museum practitioners collected during 2012. Elements which have been revised are clearly highlighted. The Accreditation Standard itself has not changed.

This guidance outlines:

- benefits
- scalability
- process
- expectations
- how decisions are made

A print friendly version is available on the Arts Council's website: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/supporting-museums/accreditation-scheme/guidance-documents/.

Read more about the resource on this website (external link)

Policies Template, Accreditation 2011 - Guidance on writing the Documentation, Care and Conservation and Access Policies

This document provides specific guidance on how to create the three new collections related policies required by the UK Accreditation Standard 2011.

Documentation Policy
Care and Conservation Policy
Access Policy statement

The guidance does not give specific wording but it explains the role and purpose of a policy, and provides section headings with explanations for what should go in each section. These sections and explanations are drawn from the Accreditation guidance and represent the minimum standard for each of the policies.

As a freelance consultant and trainer, I was involved in the development of the Accreditation standard and guidance and previously spent nearly eight years as Accreditation Manager and assessor in Scotland. I have produced this guidance to support training courses that I run along with my colleagues Margaret Harrison and Heather Lomas of Collections Management Network. We are happy to share this resource with the wider sector.


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Author: Susanna Hillhouse
Publisher: Collections Managment Network
Publication date: 21-02-2013

Accreditation Resource List

A list of resources for museums and galleries working towards an application for Accredited status or existing Accredited Museums.

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Communicating through Collections

By Nick Poole, CEO, Collections Trust. 01.02.2012

In August 2011, for 3 days, London was overtaken by a series of spontaneous riots. As disaffected children and young people took to the streets, looting shops and damaging property, the television news sent pictures of burning buildings and angry mobs around the world.

In the aftermath of the riots, people of all ages and faiths came together in angry condemnation of the senselessness of the riots and with a renewed spirit of unity and community. When things like this happen, society needs to understand them, to learn from them and ultimately learn how to avoid them in the future.

Accreditation template collections development policy

This template sets out the principles that will provide the governing bodies and the workforce of museums with a framework for responsible and ethical acquisition and disposal of collections. It provides clear procedures and decision-making processes common to Accredited museums.

Read more about the resource on this website (external link)


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Author: Arts Council England
Publisher: Arts Council England
Publication date: 16-12-2011

Museum Mentor handbook

The Accreditation Scheme sets nationally agreed standards for museums in the UK. The standard supports museums in identifying opportunities for further improvement and development. Accreditation began as the Museum Registration Scheme in 1988, initially with an emphasis on ethical governance and collections management.


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Author: Arts Council England
Publisher: Arts Council England
Publication date: 16-12-2011

Accreditation eligibility questionnaire

A questionnaire is for organisations that wish to apply for Accredited status. Existing participants do not need to complete this form. The specific eligibility criteria are published within the Accreditation Standard (2011).

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Author: Arts Council England
Publisher: Arts Council England
Publication date: 16-12-2011

Museums Association Seminar Presentation - Practical support for Accreditation - Susanna Hillhouse and Laura Whitton

Presentation given by Susanna Hillhouse, Museum Consultant, and Laura Whitton, Partnerships Manager at the Collections Trust, at the MA Conference, October 2011.

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