Accreditation

About

Museum Accreditation is the UK standard for museums and galleries. It defines good practice and identifies agreed standards, thereby encouraging development. It is a baseline quality standard that helps guide museums to be the best they can be, for current and future users.  

Accreditation advice and support for the North East region is provided by Emma Chaplin, contracted by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM). Emma will support museums approaching an initial application and museums preparing for a regular compliance return. She will also have a role in supporting the delivery of Accreditation workshops and coordination of the Museum Mentor scheme.

Accreditation advice includes:

- provision of guidance to:

  • organisations wishing to complete an eligibility questionnaire;
  • new applicants and returning participants;
  • provisionally Accredited museums;
  • museums which may require a significant change review.

- advising museums regarding interpretation of the Standard to their size and scale.

- promotion, advocacy and signposting of opportunities to undertake the Museum Mentor role to relevant museum professionals and to facilitate conversations between potential Mentors and museums in seeking a Mentor.

Contact details:

Emma Chaplin accreditation@emmachaplin.co.uk

Further information about the Accreditation Scheme can be found on the ACE website here and on the Collections Trust website here.

Accreditation Sessions:

Accreditation events are added to our calendar regularly, check our events page here for details of any forthcoming sessions.

ACE Accreditation Review

Arts Council England and the UK Partners have started to undertake a 'light touch' review of the Accreditation Scheme. This is not a major redesign of the Scheme, but will look at areas such as the returns and application process, scalability and communications. At the moment the returns process for museums due to submit in 2017 has been paused, but new applications, provisional Accreditation reviews and significant change reviews are still being undertaken.

The review is planned to be completed in time for the 30th Anniversary of the Accreditation Scheme, in Spring 2018.

Arts Council England (ACE) have published some frequently asked questions, to help you understand the Museum Accreditation Scheme review. There will also be an opportunity to feed in to the review at our Regional Gathering event and a feedback survey, published as part of the review process, is available to complete here (available until 7 December).

If you have any comments in the meantime please email Ellie Collier, Senior Manager for the review at review.accreditation@artscouncil.org.uk.

More information about the review and its scope can be found on the Arts Council website here.

For those museums who aren't directly affected, please continue to work as normal and ensure that your policies and plans are revised and in date as they need to be.

If you have any questions about Accreditation please do not hesitate to contact Emma Chaplin, Accreditation Adviser for the North East, accreditation@emmachaplin.co.uk or Sarah Carr, Museum Development Manager, sarah.carr@twmuseums.org.uk