Sector Information

Arts Council Plan 2011-15

The Arts Council have published their strategic plan for 2011-15.  You can view the interactive pdf at 

It details how they are going to implement their management of the Arts, Museums and Libraries sector.


Arts Council Strategy for Museums and Libraries

The Arts Council have published their 10 year strategy for museums and libraries.  The key goals for the sector are:

  • Excellence is thriving and celebrated in museums and libraries.
  • More people experience and are inspired by museums and libraries.
  • Museums and libraries are sustainable and innovative.
  • The leadership and workforce in museums and libraries are diverse and highly skilled.
  • Every child and young person has the opportunity to experience the richness of museums and libraries.

Arts council strategy for museums and libraries


Bridge Organisation for the West Midlands

From the 1st April 2012, Arts Council England (ACE), will be establishing a new national network of Bridge Organisations.  They will be responsible for helping more young people experience and participate in arts and cultural activities.

The Bridge organisations will not directly fund activities but will be the first point of contact for schools who wish to be involved or commission arts activities. They will also support local planning for cultural activities to ensure they maximise their impact and inclusion on local young people.

The Bridge organisation for the West Midlands is BCCSIP (Black Country Children’s Improvement Partnership), based at the University of Wolverhampton.

See the BCCSIP website for more information:

Download the first BCCSIP newsletter here


Dates For Your Diary 2012

Always miss those “national awareness/week” campaigns?  Do you know when English Tourism week is? Are you looking for interesting and innovative event ideas?

Then why not check out this really useful list of national events, kindly prepared by the Worcestershire Museum Development Officer, Gemma Dhami.

Important dates for your diary


Fast Foward Survey 2010 Published

The Fast Forward Survey, which collects data from museums across the West Midlands, has now been published.  The survey provides a unique insight into the museums sector, and provides a unique data set. Key figures from the survey include:

  • 6.8 million objects are held in trust by museums in the West Midlands.
  • 5,400 volunteers provide £4.2 million worth of time supporting and managing museums in the West Midlands.
  • In 2010 there were 7.3 million visits to museums in the region.
  • 272 staff provide professional support to other museums in the West Midlands.

The survey is particularly useful for benchmarking your museum against other organisations in the region.

Click here to download the Executive Summary

Click here to download the Full Report


Museums Accreditation Scheme

The revised Accreditation scheme is now in full swing, and museums are beginning to prepare their applications.  If you are working on an Accreditation application, you may find the following useful:

Application guidance and further  information is available on the ACE website at

Also check out Collections Link for lots of useful information sheets, template policies and casestudies, which can support your own Accreditation application:

You can download a useful “How to” toolkit, comparing the previous Accreditation standard and the new one here (kindly prepared by the Worecestershire Museum Development Officer).  Click here for a how to toolkit for the Accreditation standard

Other useful resources for Accreditation you may wish to download (free) are:

Planning for the collections section

Diagram of possible collections management and policy processes

Guide to accessing on-line Accreditation application form


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