South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

Professional Advice

Accredited museums must have access to advice from an appropriately qualified and experienced museum professional. Volunteer run museums and museums without qualified staff must appoint a Museum Mentor.

Contact your Accreditation Adviser to get a list of mentors in your area or if you are interested in becoming a mentor yourself.


Assessor’s questions

  • Do the qualifications and experience of the museum professional meet the definition above?
  • Is a mentor required? Is there evidence of appointment in the form of a governing body minute and a signed agreement? Is the agreement current?
  • Is there evidence for effective engagement with and by the mentor in the form of visits, and an annual review process?
  • Is there a clear line of communication between the museum professional/museum mentor and the governing body?