ACE has awarded full accreditation to our collections

We are delighted to announce that, once again, the Society of Antiquaries of London has been awarded full Accreditation status for our museum collections at Burlington House and Kelmscott Manor. Achieving Accreditation demonstrates that SAL meets accepted professional standards for organisational health, collections care, visitor and user experiences alongside effective forward planning to create more resilient museums for the future.

The application process involved writing new museum policies for Collections Development, Care and Conservation, Documentation, and Human Remains (we do have some in the collection at Burlington House!), as well as a Museum Collection Forward Plan. The key policies have been made available on the website at 'Museum Policies'.

MAS_BLACK_transparentThe Society's collections manager, Anooshka Rawden, worked across the Burlington House and Kelmscott Manor teams to to prepare our applications (separate applications for Burlington House and Kelmscott Manor were required) and produce a suite of policies and plans that will support the maintenance and future development of the museum collections.

“Museums enable people to explore collections for inspiration, learning and enjoyment. They are institutions that collect, safeguard and make accessible artefacts and specimens, which they hold in trust for Society.” (Museums Association, 1998)

You can read more about the Accrediation Scheme from Arts Council England, which now administers the scheme, here.