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By West Midlands Museum Development / Posted on Monday 14th June 2021

Could you help Shipston-on-Stour and District History Society achieve Accreditation?

Shipston-on-Stour and District History Society is a volunteer led, independent, non-Accredited local history museum run by the Historical Society.

The collection consists of locally donated items and farming implements and was previously displayed within the founder’s own home. Following a recent move to a new building, the Historical Society is looking forward to a new chapter in the museum’s development.  The Society is preparing to open the museum to the public and is seeking museum professional support to help reach the Accreditation Standard for the first time.

This is the start of the museum’s Accreditation journey, so a great opportunity for anyone interested in helping implement and embed the Accreditation Standard within an enthusiastic, emerging museum.

Accreditation will be a steep learning curve for the Historical Society, so this opportunity would be suitable for mentors with a well-rounded understanding across all three sections of the 2018 Accreditation Standard (Organisational Health, Managing Collections, and Users and their Experiences) and the ability to help a new museum get to grips with the Accreditation requirements.

The Society may need frequent support in the early stages, though hope to need less frequent support as it gets on its feet.

Next steps:

If you are interested or would like to discuss the opportunity further, please contact Bekky Hillman, President of the Historical Society by emailing:

About Accreditation Mentors

An Accreditation Mentor is a professional adviser who supports a museum in developing its Accreditation application and subsequent Accreditation returns. Mentors play a vital role in supporting and helping to develop museums which do not have qualified and experienced professional staff. For some people the mentor role forms part of their job description while for others it is a purely voluntary role.

More information on mentoring can be found here.

If you are interested in becoming an Accreditation Mentor please contact, Accreditation lead at West Midlands Museum Development (WMMD) to discuss mentoring, the registration process, and what support is available. WMMD provide a programme of complementary Accreditation Mentor support, such as networking opportunities, for mentors in the region.

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