News & Opportunities

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Sustainability Project Sharing Day

28th March 2018, Kelmscott Manor, Lechlade, GL7 3HJ

Kelmscott Manor invites museums from around the area to come and find out more about their Arts Council England Resilience funded sustainability project and the Manor's plans, and to hear about what they have learnt.

In a time of political and economic uncertainty and an ever increasing demand on resources, Kelmscott Manor is looking for innovative ways to increase its profile and become more sustainable so that the Manor and its heritage will continue to attract visitors and be maintained for future generations. The day will feature talks about the project and also a talk by a professional fundraiser with a specialism in museums.

Lunch will be provided and a tour of the beautiful property will also be offered. The manor, famed for their cream teas, has been described as an 'utterly beautiful slice of heaven', and this is a day not to be missed! 

ACE Accreditation Review Update

Here is the latest update from the Arts Council England about the review of Museum Accreditation:

'In January this year we announced that we will be undertaking a review of certain aspects of the Museum Accreditation Scheme. Planning and scoping for the review is underway and has been shaped by the UK Accreditation Partners (Arts Council England, Museums Galleries Scotland, the Welsh Government, and Northern Ireland Museums Council) and wider stakeholders including Museum Development Network, the Accreditation Committee, and the Association of Independent Museums.

Particular areas of focus for the review will include:

Improving the communications about the Scheme – we want to make sure we’re celebrating the significant achievements of museums and that the benefits of participation are being promoted.

Looking at the process of applying and the schedule for returning participants – we want the process to be as user-friendly and as clear as possible for those involved and the schedule to be appropriate and sustainable.

Reviewing the Standard and the scalability – we know that the types of museums involved in the Scheme varies hugely so it’s important to ensure that Accreditation is a useful health-check and a meaningful achievement for museums of all sizes. We want to ensure Accreditation is focused in the places where it can have most impact.

Supporting museums interested in applying to the Scheme – we’d like to encourage museums of all sizes to apply and this requires clearer eligibility guidance and updated information around governance models being available.

Reviewing the Museum Mentor criteria – we want to make sure we are doing everything we can to ensure a sustainable approach to professional advice. The review will help support and thank mentors for their role with volunteer-led museums as they are a vital part of the scheme.

Looking at our internal processes - we are aware that there have been some issues with our internal processes and we are sorry that some of you will have been affected by this. We will be putting in place robust measures to ensure smooth running of the Scheme in future.

A Senior Project Manager for the Accreditation Review has been appointed. Ellie Collier started in post at the end of May on a 10 month contract. Priorities include developing the detail of the project plan and setting up an External Reference Group to help guide the review.

There will be opportunities to input into the review later in the year, but in the meantime if you want to raise points which are relevant for the review please email:

The refreshed Accreditation Scheme will be re-launched in Spring 2018 to coincide with the scheme’s 30th anniversary. In the meantime we’ll keep you updated as the review progresses.