Tagged: Accreditation

Archive Service Accreditation Review

From The National Archives:

Understanding why services have not yet applied for Archive Service Accreditation – we need your views

Archive Service Accreditation is nearly five years old and has been awarded to almost 100 services.  But there are still many services, including museums holding archives, that have not yet applied.   We are keen to find out why. The National Archives is currently delivering a light-touch review of the Scheme.  A really important element of this work is to understand why archive services of all types across the UK have not made an application yet, when they think they might do so or whether they will not, and their motivation for their decision. So we would like to invite managers of archive services, including museums holding archives, that have not yet made an application  to take a brief online survey which explores if, when and why a service is contemplating an application. We would like to hear both from those that intend to make an application at some point and those who do not envisage applying at all.   It is open to archive services right across the UK from all sectors  and should be answered by the individual who manages the service and would be responsible for any application were one to be made.  The responses will be used to inform the redrafting of the Standard and Guidance and to help the Scheme engage with services. 

Please note that the survey should only be filled in by organisations that meet the eligibility criteria i.e. that hold archives (i.e. unique documents not books or photocopies)  that measure at least 4000 items or 50 linear metres or 4.2 cubic metres.

The survey can be found at in English here and in Welsh here.  It is open until Thursday 30 November at 9pm.  All responses will be treated confidentially and will be analysed by Elizabeth Oxborrow-Cowan, Consultant Archivist, who has been commissioned by The National Archives to undertake this Review. The National Archives and the other partners to the Accreditation Scheme will not see the individual responses and will receive anonymised reporting on the results. If you have any questions contact Elizabeth (elizabeth@elizabethoc.co.uk, 07719 609894). 

The review of Archives Accreditation is being undertaken at the same time as the review of Museums Accreditation by ACE.  There is regular contact between the two schemes to share learning arising from the two reviews. 

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Museum Accreditation Survey

From Arts Council England:

The UK partners (Arts Council England, Museums Galleries, the Welsh Government, and Northern Ireland Museums Council) are currently undertaking a review into Museum Accreditation. We have been working with a wide range of stakeholders including the Museum Development Network, the Association of Independent Museums, the Museums Association, local authority museums, national museums, independents and volunteer run museums. We have also received feedback, comments and suggestions from many individuals.

This survey is a response to the things which you have told us are not currently working. You have told us that Accreditation is too bureaucratic and that we ask for too much information which is not relevant to a baseline quality standard. You have also told us that expectations within the Accreditation Standard are not proportionate and reasonable for smaller organisations. We know that the returns cycle isn’t currently working and some of you have told us you would like this extended. This survey will look at these areas and a range of other issues we have heard about.

Some of the things that are not currently working well such as our internal processes and online systems, do not appear in this survey. From the feedback we have already received we recognise these challenges and are already making some changes to find longer term solutions for these issues.

To complete the survey please visit the survey site.

Arts Council England Publish Q&A For The Accreditation Review

Arts Council England is leading the Accreditation Review on behalf of partners in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and has recently published some frequently asked questions all about the Museum Accreditation Scheme review. Arts Council England will also be opening a consultation later this Autumn which museums from across the UK can feed into. All information here: Arts Council England Publish Q&A For The Accreditation Review

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

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