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Changes in Accreditation: An update from Samuel Rowlands, (Accreditation Manager)

After a detailed review of the implementation of the revised Accreditation Standard and consideration of feedback received, changes are being implemented to the Accreditation returns programme. These changes are designed to ensure the continued delivery of a robust assessment process and to reduce the workload museums have reported when preparing an Accreditation return.

These changes are:

  • a reduction in the frequency with which museums are invited to complete an Accreditation return
  • an extension of the Accreditation award to cover three, rather than two, years

Since the launch of the revised Accreditation Standard at the Museums Association conference in October 2011, Arts Council England, CyMAL, Museums Galleries Scotland and the Northern Ireland Museums Council have collectively received 841 applications from museums across the UK.

The review has identified that the original rollout was too rapid. We have also experienced a significant increase in new applications. This has resulted in increased pressure on capacity at Arts Council England, CyMAL, Museums Galleries Scotland and the Northern Ireland Museums Council to assess returns within the published timescale.

Museums that are currently Accredited will retain their status until their next scheduled review. However, it continues to be the case that significant changes that could affect Accreditation status must be reported to the relevant body and may result in a change of status.

Full details have been published on the Arts Council’s website.