To consult with the Policy Development Panel regarding Ayscoughfee Hall Museum’s Collections, Care and Conservation Policy (report of the Executive Director Commercialisation (S151) enclosed).
Consideration was given to the report of the Executive Director Commercialisation, which sought the views of the Policy Development Panel regarding Ayscoughfee Hall Museum’s Collections, Care and Conservation Policy.
Ayscoughfee Hall Museum was Accredited by Arts Council England. The Accreditation scheme was a national framework for museums that laid out best practice guidelines and standards to follow, to ensure professionalism and consistency. Accredited status allowed Ayscoughfee Hall Museum access to professional networks, training, support and funding.
A key requirement for Accreditation was the need for two policies – Collections Development; and Care and Conservation. The Care and Conservation Development Policy provided a generic framework within which all aspects of environmental management were deliverable at minimum sustainable levels and in accordance with agreed benchmark parameters, adhering to minimum standards of best practice in collections care.
Arts Council England reviewed each museum’s Accreditation on a regular basis, reviewing policies and ensuring that they had been discussed and approved by the relevant governing body. Ayscoughfee Hall Museum’s policies were last formally approved in 2012, but had been updated with minor revisions as best practice and industry guidance was received. The Museum’s Accreditation Review was due to take place in February 2021, having been paused during the Covid 19 pandemic.
That the Ayscoughfee Hall Museum Collections Care & Conservation Policy be noted.