Museum Constitutions and How to Amend Them, Crawley

Event Date:2 March 2020 1:30 pm — 2 March 2020 4:30pm
Trainer Helen Harvie
Date / Time Monday 2 March 2020, 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Location Crawley Museum, Crawley
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Is your Museum’s constitution fit for purpose? Has it sat on a shelf since 1956 without being changed or does it reflect what you do today? Does it allow you to operate a museum and hold a collection?

 This training session will look at the new constitutional requirements in the 2018 Museum Accreditation Standard. Museums run by charitable trusts need to make sure their governing documents provide adequate security for the museum, its assets and collections, its visitors and the trustees.

 Charity lawyer, Helen Harvie will guide us through what’s needed to ensure your governing documents are up to date and how to go about amending your constitution. She will outline the constitutional responsibilities of a trustee and how to ensure your trustees are legally appointed.

This half-day training session is for trustees and those who work directly to the board.

By the end of this training, you will:

  • Understand the new Accreditation requirements on constitutional and governance requirements.
  • Understand the legal basis of your governing documents.
  • Understand charitable objects and powers – what they’re for and what they allow you to do.
  • Understand how to ensure your trustees are legally appointed.
  • Know what you need to report to the Charity Commission and when.
  • Find out where to go for support.


PLEASE BRING: copies of your Museum’s constitution, articles of association and any other governing documents.

From 1pm: Registration and coffee

1.30pm: Welcome and introductions                                         Elaine Sansom, SEMD

1.40pm: Changes to the Accreditation standard for museum governance and constitutions                                                                   Kate Hebditch, SEMD

1.55pm – 4.30pm: Museum constitutions and how to amend them – Helen Harvie, charity lawyer, H3 Solicitors


  • 1.55pm: Governing documents, constitutions, charitable objects and powers – what they’re for and what they allow you to do
  • Making your constitution relevant and fit for purpose for your museum today

3.20pm: Short break

  • 3.30pm: How to change your constitution
  • The appointment of trustees and how to ensure that they are validly appointed
  • The Charity Commission – what you need to report, how you need to involve them if you make changes to your constitution, the Annual Return.
  • After making a change – ensuring you have changed your leases, contracts, bank accounts etc.

4.30pm: Finish.

This event is now fully booked.

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