Sarah Chard-Cooper is working on a MA dissertation looking at the impact of the loss of the accreditation standard award for museums. With cuts from central government, funding for councils in general and museums in particular is decreasing and new ways of finding the money to deliver their work are having to be found. Several councils and university governing bodies in the last decade have looked at their heritage collections to help fill the holes in their budgets.
At times like this the Arts Council, and their predecessor the Museums Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), have withdrawn the museums accreditation. However there has been no study to see what impact this loss has on a museum. Sarah’s dissertation will look at the history of accreditation and, through questionnaires, will gauge the opinion of museum professionals on the scheme as a whole and on what difference it makes to them whether a museum has lost their accreditation or not.
Sarah has produced a short survey, accessible at: https://surveyhero.com/c/96680442/2b016ccb6a7bd253 and would be grateful for feedback.
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The leading independent museum for trolleybuses is seeking to replace their Museum Mentor who is due to retire from this role in late May 2017. The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft holds the largest collection of historic trolleybuses in the world and has been Registered and subsequently Accredited for many years. It is run entirely by enthusiastic volunteers, but also occasionally uses outside contractors, when necessary.
An operational Museum, rather than ‘glass case’ style, it attracts a number of unique challenges. Established in 1969, the Museum has been successfully expanding at a steady rate, but is now in the midst of a substantial development and expansion programme.
The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft is well connected within the transport community and has several associations to other related Museums and organisations. The museum is based in North Lincolnshire, close to the M180 and just 10 miles from Doncaster
Do you think you can assist the Museum?
We are looking for:
- an experienced and dynamic museum professional who can both advise and support us in regard to museum professional standards
- someone who would enjoy working alongside such an extensive and unique collection
- a working knowledge of the Transport sector or industrial collections would be useful, but not essential.
Further details about the criteria for a Museum mentor can be located at:
Please send your CV and a covering letter or email to:
The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft- (www.sandtoft.org.uk)
Belton Road, Sandtoft, Doncaster, DN8 5SX
If you would like to find out more or would prefer an informal chat beforehand please contact Bruce Lake on 07788 642799. Note not always immediately available by phone due to working in current public transport, so an initial email or text to set up a conversation would be appropriate.
Don’t forget that ABTEM’s autumn seminar ‘REVIEWING SIGNIFICANCE – AN INTRODUCTION’ will be held at the Brunel Museum in London on Wednesday 22nd October.
A very topical issue for industrial and transport museums, assessing the significance of our collections is increasingly being recognized as a key part of strategic collections management, and an essential prioritising resources. Significance statements are also vital for applications for grant funding and for ensuring stakeholder support.
The seminar will discuss some of the tools available to help transport and engineering museums assess the significance of their collections, their current and potential use, and their care and preservation conditions and will also include relevant case studies.
Visit: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/association-of-british-transport-amp-engineering-museums-2622495862 to book a place.
An update of the Disposal Toolkit originally published by the Museums Association in 2008 has been produced by the UK Accreditation partnership which includes the MA, Arts Council England, CyMAL: a division of the Welsh Government, Museums Galleries Scotland and Northern Ireland Museums Council.
The revised document includes guidance on the current and increasingly important issue of financially motivated disposals.
See more at: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/supporting-museums/accreditation-scheme/disposal-museum-collections-guidance/#sthash.c3ES5eMq.dpuf