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 Heather Lomas, contracted by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM). Heather 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:

Heather Lomas

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 and Arts Council England (ACE) have published some frequently asked questions, to help you understand the review. 

The scheme will be relaunched later this year, but in the meantime an overview of the results of the survey is available here.

More information about the Accreditation review and its scope can be found on the Arts Council website here. If you have any comments or questions please direct these to Ellie Collier, Senior Manager for the review, at

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 Heather Lomas, Accreditation Adviser for the North East, or Sarah Carr, Museum Development Manager,