Haworth Art Gallery's Application for Arts Council England Museum Accreditation
In the absence of the Portfolio Holder for Education, Leisure and Arts, Councillor Munsif Dad BEM JP, the Leader of the Council introduced a report which presented Haworth Art Gallery’s proposed policies and plans which formed the Council’s Museum Accreditation submission to Arts Council England. The report also sought the Cabinet’s approval to the detailed application for accreditation, which was available to view on the Council’s website.
Councillor Parkinson noted that the Art Gallery was one of the Borough’s jewels and featuring the renowned Tiffany Glass collection, monthly events held by staff and a privately run café. Accreditation should help to provide better access to external funding opportunities. Councillor Parkinson wished the Gallery and its staff well for the future.
Approval of the report was not a key decision.
Reason for Decision
The Museum Accreditation Scheme is the UK industry standard for museums and galleries and sets out nationally-agreed standards which promote and inspire confidence with the public and funding bodies. Accreditation does this by making sure museums manage their collections properly, engage with visitors and ensure that they are governed appropriately. The Haworth needs to renew its Arts Council England Museum Accreditation and a draft submission has been prepared for Cabinet to consider.
Accreditation is required by all Museums and Art Galleries to be eligible for funding by Arts Council England or National Lottery Heritage Fund and is renewed every 5 years. Having accreditation has allowed Haworth Art Gallery to access funding for the successful Stables and Motor House Artists’ Studios. As a result the project has been used as a model for best practise with the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF).
The application includes a number of sections, including a series of plans and policies which are summarised as follows.
For the Governance and Management section of Accreditation, an approved Forward or Business Plan is required which covers the current and subsequent planning year will be written in accordance to the Arts Council of England guidelines for Museum and Art Gallery Accreditation. The section is required to include appropriate governance and management standards including a clear statement of purpose, an appropriate constitution and a satisfactory structure for governance and management. It is also required to cover a set period and include the key aims Haworth Art Gallery wants to achieve and an explanation of how these aims will be achieved in terms of staff and volunteers, equipment and budgets. Budgets for the current year and subsequent planning year are required. The section must include a review date.
Under the Managing Collections section of Accreditation three policies are required. They are a policy for Developing Collections and include acquisition and disposal. An approved Documentation Policy which details the management of collections ensuring all objects are properly accounted for and useable. Lastly an approved Collections Care and Conservation Policy setting out details of ethical commitments and legal requirements to improve the way objects are cared for and conserved for future generations. The policies must include review dates.
In order to be accessible to the public an approved Access Policy is required. This section will cover how people can see, use and reference Haworth Art Gallery’s collections, gain access to museum buildings and site, and how we share information about the collection with people. This should include using a variety of interpretive methods to exhibit the collections, enabling public access to the collections, buildings and sites, and associated information and the date the policy will be reviewed.
The aim is to submit Haworth Art Gallery’s Accreditation return to the Arts Council England portal Grantium by 29th February 2020.
Alternative Options considered and Reasons for Rejection
The Haworth Art Gallery does not have to apply for Accreditation, however, it would make the gallery un-able to apply for external funding from Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund and various other funding bodies.
Resolved - That Cabinet approve the draft application for Arts Council England Museum Accreditation for Haworth Art Gallery as proposed in the report.
There were no items taken in private.