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Accreditation Update, January 2014

From Elaine Sansom, Accreditation Adviser (East)

Accreditation numbers (changes December 2012 to November 2013)

1,743 museums are now in the Accreditation Scheme. Some museums have exited the Scheme due to:

  • closure: the collection has been transferred elsewhere
  • change of function: ineligible for participation, no longer a museum
  • serious disaster: for example a catastrophic fire – no longer in a position to continue as a museum
  • merger: combined with another organisation delivering similar objectives that is already participating with the scheme
  • capacity: some museums are not able to meet the Standard

105 museums hold Provisional status. This has increased from 63.

17 new applicants to the Scheme have achieved Full Accreditation.

2 museums have been excluded from the Scheme since December 2012

1 museum, previously excluded for a 5 year period, has now been deemed eligible for Accreditation by a panel and is currently working towards Accreditation.

Full statistical details about the Scheme are available on the Arts Council England website.

Accreditation guidance documents and CDP template

Revisions to the Accreditation guidance and the Collections Development Policy scheduled for February 2014 are now expected in late spring. Museums should continue to use the current materials on the ACE website.

Forward Plan – good practice case studies

The first two of a series of Good Practice Case Studies, researched and written by Alex Dawson for the Collections Trust, and funded by Arts Council England, have been published on the Collections Link website. Future case studies will focus on the Collections section of the Standard.

The two Forward Plan case studies usefully illustrate how Accredited museums have developed their plans to meet the needs of their own services, as well as to meet the Accreditation Standard. They relate to:

  • Kirkleatham Museum – a type 2 local authority museum operated as part of the Cultural Services section within Redcar & Cleveland’s Directorate of Regeneration, with a paid workforce.
  • Thornbury and District Heritage Trust – a type 1 independent museum operated as a company Limited by Guarantee and a Registered Charity, and with a volunteer workforce.

Museum mentor events

Events scheduled for January to March 2014 have been cancelled whilst mentor support is being reviewed. Mentors continue to play an extremely important role in Accreditation – enabling museums without paid professionals to participate in the Scheme (about a third of all Accredited museums). The Accreditation committee wants to ensure that mentor support is effective across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. ACE will provide details of the consultation and revised support materials shortly. 

Accreditation Advice for the South East, East of England and East Midlands

Please continue to contact Elaine with Accreditation related queries at or 07972 457256.  There will be some changes to the Accreditation Advice structure from April 2014. Details will be announced through museum development websites and on the ACE website.

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