In December 2009 the Society of Antiquaries of London was awarded Full Accreditation status for its museum collections at Kelmscott Manor from the Museums, Libraries and Archives council. This award demonstrates that the museum has achieved clearly defined national standards relating to governance and management, user services, visitor facilities and collections management.
In our first assessment (2009) since registering with the Green Tourism Business Scheme, Kelmscott Manor has achieved a Bronze Award. The GTBS is the national sustainable tourism certification scheme for the UK. Originally developed in partnership with Visit Scotland, it is the only certification scheme validated by Visit Britain, through the International Centre for Responsible Tourism. The scheme requires assessment against 150 criteria, including marketing and management, energy saving, travel and transport, purchasing, waste minimisation and nature.
In his summary, the GTBS auditor wrote: “Kelmscott Manor… has made great effort to move towards more environmentally friendly and ethical products, such as 100% recycled paper, green cleaners and fair trade items. This is complemented with a good range of local meats, beers and craft items in the restaurant and shop.”
Scores on the Doors
In June 2009 Kelmscott Manor hosted a breakfast for 50 guests, when Cllr David Harvey presented certificates to the highest ranking catering establishments in West Oxfordshire, in recognition of their excellence in food safety, under the national ‘Scores on the Doors’ standards scheme. Kelmscott Manor’s restaurant is one of these 5-star rated outlets, putting it amongst the 8% highest rated in the district. The assessment covered hygiene and safety, the standard of the kitchen and the inspector’s confidence in management.
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