Decision details

Ayscoughfee Hall Museum's Collections Development Policy

Decision Maker: Portfolio Holder for Health & Wellbeing, Conservation & Heritage

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Approval of Ayscoughfee Hall Museum's Collections Development Policy


That Ayscoughfee Hall Museum’s Collections Development Policy be formally adopted. Adoption of the Policy is a requirement of Arts Council England for Ayscoughfee Hall Museum to retain Accreditation, meaning access to support/ funding and acknowledgment that Ayscoughfee Hall Museum meets Arts Council England’s standards.


Reasons for the decision:

This policy is a requirement of Arts Council England's Accreditation scheme, the benchmark by which museums in England are measured.

Accreditation contains 3 strands- governance, collections management and user experience. The collections management strand requires this policy to outline the current collections held by the museum, and the conditions in which they should best be held.

Accredited status provides opportunities for funding, staff development/training and confidence in the professional management of the museum.

Collections Development

Ayscoughfee Hall Museum exists to preserve the heritage of South Holland for the benefit of residents, visitors and other members of the community. Ayscoughfee Hall Museum will enable people to explore collections relating to the history of South Holland for inspiration, learning and enjoyment. We will collect, safeguard and make accessible the artefacts, records and specimens that we hold in trust for society.

The aim of this policy is to set out the methods by which Ayscoughfee Hall Museum collects objects for the permanent collection, the types of objects to be collected or not, and the ways in which the whole collection is managed and developed.

This policy is required for Ayscoughfee Hall Museum to retain its Accredited status, awarded by Arts Council England.

This policy has been written with proper regard to Arts Council England’s guidelines on Museum collections development, taking into account all legal, moral and ethical guidelines.


Consideration was given to not adopting the policy, but this has been rejected, as Accreditation is key to the continued and future success of the Museum.


Alternative options considered:

That Ayscoughfee Hall Museum’s Collections Development Policy is not formally adopted.


Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:

There were none.

Wards Affected: Spalding St Mary's;

Conflict of Interest: None

Dispensation Granted: None

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Policy discussed at PDP meeting on 4 November 2020.

Contact: Julia Knight, Manager - Ayscoughfee Hall Museum and Gardens Email:

Publication date: 14/06/2022

Date of decision: 14/06/2022

Effective from: 22/06/2022

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