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.

The scheme is run by Arts Council England. Contact our Accreditation Adviser 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.

Accreditation Scheme Temporarily Paused

Owing to the impact of COVID-19, the Arts Council has announced that the Accreditation scheme is temporarily paused with immediate effect until 1st April 2021.

All Accredited museums in the UK will have their current Accreditation award status extended for an additional 12 months.

ACE has published a series of FAQs detailing what this means for Accredited Museums, as well as those Working Towards Accreditation or hoping to put in a new application: Museum Accreditation Scheme Covid-19 FAQs FINAL.pdf

Museums new to Accreditation can still apply for eligibility.  Please contact our Accreditation Adviser for details.

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

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