Tagged: Accreditation

Arts Council England To Review Museum Accreditation Scheme

Arts Council England announced this week that they will be undertaking a light touch review of certain aspects of the Museum Accreditation scheme in 2017. The scheme, which launched in 1988, helps museums secure long-term public access to sustainable collections by promoting shared standards in how they are run, how they manage their collections and the experiences of users. To allow Arts Council England to focus on the review, there will be a revision of the Accreditation submission schedule in England for 2017.

This includes prioritising: new applications, responses to museums experiencing significant change, provisional Accreditation reviews and those who have already applied. Museums in England due to reapply for Accreditation in 2017, will now remain part of the scheme for an additional 12 months. These museums will then reapply in 2018. This will not affect any applications to Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation. Reviewing the Museum Accreditation scheme and how it will affect your museum

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Arts Council England Museum Accreditation Committee

From Arts Council England:

Join the Accreditation Committee

Do you want to help UK museums develop? Are you a mid-career or senior museum professional in the UK willing to work with like-minded peers to drive forward museum standards?

The Accreditation Partners are seeking to recruit five new members of the Museums Accreditation Committee to take up positions for an initial three year term from October 2016.

To apply, download a briefing pack and application form below.

For full information for this voluntary position, click here.

The voluntary Accreditation Committee role can also be found on the website here (section 5):

Deadline for applications: 2 September 2016.

Accreditation Workshops

Museum Development North West are running a programme of three one-day workshops examining the requirements of Sections 1, 2 and 3 of the Accreditation standard.

Each workshop is a mix of information and group exercises to help you understand the requirements and the supporting guidance documents and identify practical solutions for compiling your Accreditation return. Each day is also an opportunity to receive specific one-to-one advice about your Accreditation return.

The workshops will be taking place at Lancashire Conservation Studios on the following dates:

The workshops are free to attend & will include lunch & refreshments. However tickets are limited so to avoid disappointment book your place please follow the above links.

Change Of Location For “Is Accreditation suitable for my museum?” Workshop

Due to issues caused by the severe weather conditions in Cumbria, Abbot Hall is no longer able to host our “Is Accreditation suitable for my museum?” workshop on 7 March.

The event which will now be held at The Quaker Tapestry in Kendal, will still take place on 7 March.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Have you heard about the Accreditation Scheme and are not sure what it is? Are you considering applying for Accreditation but are not sure if your museum is suitable? On Monday 7 March, at The Quaker Tapestry in Kendal, Museum Development North West will be hosting an event discussing this topic.

The Accreditation Scheme sets nationally agreed standards for UK museums. Museum Development North West is running a workshop where non-Accredited museums and heritage organisations in the North West can find out about the scheme, including:

  • What it is
  • Why it’s important
  • What the benefits are
  • What’s involved in applying for and maintaining Accreditation
  • Why not all museums are suitable
  • Where to get help and support
    To book a place visit our eventbrite page.

 

Accreditation Workshop: Organisational Health & Policies, Plans & Procedures

On 14 January 2016, at the Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston, MDNW will be hosting an accreditation workshop focusing on the topic of organisational health & policies, as well as plans & procedures.

This is the first of a programme of three one-day workshop, and it will examine the requirements of Section 1 of the Accreditation standard, and will also look at the policies, plans and procedures required for your Accreditation return.

The workshop is a mix of information and practical exercises to help you understand the requirements and the supporting guidance documents and identify practical solutions for compiling your Accreditation return. It is also an opportunity to receive specific one-to-one advice about your Accreditation return.

To book a place please see here

“Is Accreditation suitable for my museum?” The Arts Council’s Accreditation Scheme

Have you heard about the Accreditation Scheme and are not sure what it is? Are you considering applying for Accreditation but are not sure if your museum is suitable? On Monday 7 March, at Abbot Hall in Kendal, Museum Development North West will be hosting an event discussing this topic.

The Accreditation Scheme sets nationally agreed standards for UK museums. Museum Development North West is running a workshop where non-Accredited museums and heritage organisations in the North West can find out about the scheme, including:

  • What it is
  • Why it’s important
  • What the benefits are
  • What’s involved in applying for and maintaining Accreditation
  • Why not all museums are suitable
  • Where to get help and support
    To book a place visit our eventbrite page.

Accreditation advice for North West Museums, 2015-18

Accreditation is the UK standard for museums and galleries endorsed by Arts Council England. From April 2015 to March 2018 Accreditation technical advice and support is provided by MDNW as part of our programme.

We will provide advice and support to Accredited museums and those officially working towards Accreditation. Technical advice provides guidance based on the content of the Accreditation guidance documents to:

  • new applicants and returning participants preparing a regular compliance return
  • provisionally Accredited museums
  • museums which may require a significant change review

We will:

  • work in partnership with other bodies delivering Accreditation specific training and/or awareness workshops
  • advise museums regarding interpretation of the standard to their size and scale
  • promote and signpost opportunities to undertake the Museum Mentor role and to facilitate conversations between potential mentors and museums seeking a mentor

What support is available?

  • We will provide a training programme specifically to address the requirements of the Accreditation standard. The first programme (see below) will run Jan-March 2016 and will be repeated later in the year
  • We will provide an update on Accreditation at regional meetings and forums
  • Guidance is available via the Arts Council website (see below)
  • One-to-one support is available via email or phone or, for more complex queries, through a site visit
  • Many of the development programmes run by MDNW support museums to achieve or maintain Accreditation, directly or indirectly

Training

Accreditation workshops

14th January 2016, Section 1 – Organisational Health

11th February 2016, Section 2 – Collections

10th March 2016, Section 3 – Users and their Experiences

All 10.30am-4pm, Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston

This programme of three one-day workshops examines the requirements of Sections 1, 2 and 3 of the Accreditation standard. Each workshop is a mix of information and group exercises to help you understand the requirements and the supporting guidance documents and identify practical solutions for compiling your Accreditation return. Each day is also an opportunity to receive specific one-to-one advice about your Accreditation return. To book a place please visit our eventbrite page via the training tab on the blog.

Guidance and resources

The Accreditation scheme is managed directly by Arts Council England and detailed requirements on the scheme, including how to apply and accompanying guidance can be found via the Arts Council website – http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/accreditation.

Accreditation standard

Guidance documents

Museum mentor FAQs and handbook

Accreditation statistics

Collections Trust Accreditation resources

Returns schedule for North West museums August 2015 (taken from national list)

North West museums officially working towards Accreditation September 2015 (taken from national list)

What if my museum isn’t Accredited?

For museums and other heritage organisations which are not Accredited or officially working towards Accreditation, we will deliver a workshop once a year to look at the benefits and practicalities of applying to become Accredited. We will also support organisations wishing to complete an eligibility questionnaire to start to officially work towards Accreditation. Staff and volunteers from non-Accredited museums are welcome to attend MDNW training although priority is given to Accredited members.

You may also find this document useful – Big Questions Big Answers

Who to contact

If you have read the Accreditation guidance documents and require further support in applying to or renewing Accreditation:

  • For Accreditation return support – Lynsey Jones, Museum Develpoment Officer, jones@manchester.ac.uk, 07748 147240
  • For queries regarding when to expect to hear back once a return has been submitted, to apply to become a mentor, to submit an eligibility questionnaire, or to receive a copy of your previous application – accreditation@artscouncil.org.uk
  • Technical queries regarding the online form – Arts Council’s customer services team, enquiries@artscouncil.org.uk, 0845 300 620

Job Opportunity: Arts Council England

Assessor, Accreditation
Birmingham office
Salary £25,242 per annum plus excellent benefits
Contract: Permanent working 35 hours per week

We have an exciting opportunity for a talented professional to join the busy Accreditation team, based in Birmingham. You’ll use your experience and knowledge working in museums or similar cultural organisations, and of the Accreditation Standard, to undertake Accreditation assessments from museums across England.

While you will be primarily based in Birmingham you will travel across England, visiting museums of all sizes and with many varied collections as part of the assessment process. You will write assessment reports and present your recommendations to Accreditation panels made up of members of the UK Accreditation Committee. You will represent the Arts Council and Accreditation as a participant and speaker at appropriate events.

In this role you will gain an appreciation of museums and their collections across England, developing your personal professional networks, with museums, museum development providers and the Arts Council’s area teams.

To be successful in this role you will be an organised and analytical thinker with excellent interpersonal and report writing skills. These will enable you to engage effectively as an assessor with a wide variety of museum colleagues across a range of independent, university, local authority, regimental and National Trust museums. You will also support museum development activities through regular liaison with museum development teams and Museum Mentors.
Closing date: midnight on Monday 29 June 2015
Interviews will be held on Tuesday 14 July 2015

For more information visit the ACE jobs page

Joint Statement on Unethical Sales – Accreditation response

Arts Council England have issued a response to the recently published joint statement on unethical museum sales. This is in relation to feedback that a small number of museums thought the statement indicated a change in policy and a change to the Accreditation Standard.

To read the full ACE statement please click here – http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/supporting-museums/accreditation-scheme/disposal-museum-collections/

Regional Accreditation Workshops

4 November
Refresher Event 1: Forward Planning and Audience Development
Venue: People’s History Museum, Manchester

26 November
Refresher Event 2: Collections Care (part of the Museum Development NW Collections Management training programme) and Surgery (PM)
Venue: Preston Conservation Studios

Winter 2015

20 January 2015
What’s Next for Accreditation? (AM) + Surgery (PM)
Venue: Preston Conservation Studios

Workshops explained…

Refresher Events

These workshops examine key requirements from sections 1, 2 and 3 of the Accreditation standard.  Each workshop is a mix of information and group exercises to help you understand the requirements and the supporting guidance documents and identify practical solutions for compiling your Accreditation return.

Accreditation Surgeries

These are one-to-one sessions with the Accreditation Adviser so that you can discuss your Accreditation return and any concerns you have about the guidance and on-line application system.

What’s Next event

This workshop will feature recent updates and revisions to elements of the Accreditation Standard and provide information on next steps for museums. This is an opportunity to discuss issues you may have about areas of improvement, development of policies and plans and the next round of accreditation returns.

To book a place at any of the workshops please contact Jennie Pitceathly – accreditation@jenniepitceathly.co.uk

For further information about Accreditation, visit: www.artscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/supporting-museums/accreditation-scheme/