Nationally agreed standards for museums in the UK

By becoming Accredited, museums demonstrate to the public and to funders that they manage their collections to an agreed standard for the benefit of society, that they engage with their users, and that they manage public resources ethically and prudently.

Museum Accreditation can be seen as a toolkit to ensure you have everything in place to give the museum a secure future.

Accreditation covers three areas:

  • Organisational health
  • Managing collections
  • Users and their experience.

You can view the latest guidance and lists of Accreditation applicants on the Arts Council England website.

The scheme is run by Arts Council England. Contact us if you are interested in applying. If your museum is new to the scheme you will need to find out if you are eligible in the first instance by speaking with our Advisor.

ACE have published guidance for Accredited Museums, as well as those Working Towards Accreditation or hoping to put in a new application that have been affected by the delay to the Scheme due to the pandemic: Museum Accreditation Scheme Covid-19 FAQs FINAL.pdf

Museums new to Accreditation can continue to apply for eligibility.  Please contact us for more details.

Guidance and resources
The main Accreditation guidance can be found on the Arts Council website and on the Collections Trust website.

MDUK have created 4 video resources on the Accreditation Scheme which you can view on their website.

  1. Accreditation Webinar: Getting Started
  2. Accreditation Webinar: Organisational Health
  3. Accreditation Webinar: Managing Collections
  4. Accreditation Webinar: Users and their Experiences

Accessibility Options

The following options may make it easier for you to use this website

Change the contrast of colours and text

Change the size of the size of the text

Toggle the display of images