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Approval of Museum Policies Required for Accreditation

Meeting: 22/10/2021 - Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum Management Committee (Item 10)

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This report recommends the adoption of 5 plans and policies governing the operation of the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum: Forward Plan, Collections Development Strategy, Documentation Policy and Plan, Collections Care and Conservation Policy and Access Policy.

Under the Arts Council England (ACE) Museums Accreditation scheme these policies and plans require adoption by the Museum’s Governing Body.

The Accreditation Scheme is the methodology by which Arts Council England maintains and regulates professional standards across the museum sector and its successful retention is therefore critical to its on-going operation.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Museum Manager presented a report, a copy of which had been circulated to each Member and a copy of which appears as Appendix 'D' to these Minutes in the Minute Book.

The Committee were asked to recommend the adoption of 5 plans and policies governing the operation of the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum: Forward Plan, Collections Development Strategy, Documentation Policy and Plan, Collections Care and Conservation Policy and Access Policy.

In response to a question regarding how likely it was that the Museum could buy back anything that was already disposed of, it was explained that staff monitor any auctions for any items which may appear.  It was therefore, unlikely but possible. 

It was advised that with regards to the Collections Policy, the Committee noted acquisitions but have to give agreement for disposals. However, if it was a large sum, this would come to Committee.  Following some discussion, it was agreed that if an acquisition’s value reached a ceiling of £1000 per item, it be brought to Committee for sign-off, be added to the policy. 

It was noted that the Museum was aware of the potential risk associated with the number of homeless people in the area, using the grounds.  The Rangers, Police and Rough Sleepers Team have worked with Museum staff. 

RESOLVED that the RCAGM Management Committee approved the plans and policies attached to the report as appendices:

a)    The Forward Plan;

b)    Collections Development Strategy adding: that if an acquisition’s value reached a ceiling of £1000 per item, it be brought to Committee for sign-off, be added to the policy;

c)    Documentation Policy and Plan;

d)    Collections Care and Conservation Policy; and

e)    Access Policy

Voting: Unanimous