New Code of Ethics finalised

The Museums Association’s (MA) revised Code of Ethics was adopted at its AGM on November 5.  AIM endorses the three core principles established at the beginning of the new code, as these provide a clear basis upon which all those involved with museums can rely to underpin their decisions and actions as ethical museum organisations.

AIM recommends these principles to its members and urges boards of trustees to consider adopting the principles as part of moving towards achieving the AIM Hallmarks for Prospering Museums.

“The clarification of the principles, and the simplification of the associated guidance is a big improvement on the former MA Code,” says AIM chairman Matthew Tanner. “AIM has appreciated the collaborative manner in which the MA has worked with us and other organisations to ensure the principles are relevant and useful for all types and sizes of museum”.

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AIM recommends these principles to its members and urges boards of trustees to consider adopting the principles as part of moving towards achieving the AIM Hallmarks for Prospering Museums

The three core principles stated are:

1: Public engagement and public benefit

Museums and those who work in and with them should:

*actively engage and work in partnership with existing audiences and reach out to new and diverse audiences

*treat everyone equally, with honesty and respect

*provide and generate accurate information for and with the public

*support freedom of speech and debate

*use collections for public benefit – for learning, inspiration and enjoyment

2: Stewardship of collections

Museums and those who work in and with them should:

*maintain and develop collections for current and future generations

*acquire, care for, exhibit and loan collections with transparency and competency in order to generate knowledge and engage the public with collections

*treat museum collections as cultural, scientific or historic assets, not financial assets

3: Individual and institutional integrity

Museums and those who work in and with them should:

*act in the public interest in all areas of work

*uphold the highest level of institutional integrity and personal conduct at all times

*build respectful and transparent relationships with partner organisations, governing bodies, staff and volunteers to ensure public trust in the museum’s activities

You can download the full MA Code of Ethics here: Code of Ethics for Museums 2015

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