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Museum Accreditation advice

Note: All links below lead to external websites.

Applying for Museum Accreditation

Arts Council England administers the Museum Accreditation scheme . Guidance documents on the scheme and information on eligibility and how to apply are on the Arts Council England website.

In the first instance and before completing an Eligibility Questionnaire, please make sure that you contact the MDO for your area of London using this link.


Renewing your Accreditation status

The latest Return Schedule for invitations and deadlines has been published up as far as Sept 2024. A further update is expected later in 2024.

If your museum is not yet on the list, you do not need to wait for this to begin preparing for your return, especially if you know you have policies and plans that are due for a review or update soon. See Maintaining the requirements of the Accreditation standard between returns for more information about what you can prepare in advance.


Support

Museum Development Officer teams (MDOs) across the UK provide advice on museum accreditation in their region.

In London, the Museum Development Officers provide this support as part of their general advice-giving role and currently can do this through online meetings, by email, by arranging a phone call, or through site visits. The following MDOs can offer localised guidance on the accreditation process:

Yvette Shepherd - Museum Development Officer, Organisational Health:

Yvette provides general support and advice for museums in the following boroughs in south and west London: Harrow, Brent, Hammersmith and Fulham, Ealing, Hounslow, Hillingdon, Richmond upon Thames, Kingston upon Thames, Merton, Sutton, Croydon, Bromley, Lewisham, Greenwich and Bexley.

Helen O’Hara - Museum Development Officer, Central & East London:

Helen provides general support and advice for museums in the following boroughs in central and east London: Camden, Islington, Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, Wandsworth, Lambeth, Southwark, City of London, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge and Havering.

Ben Travers - Regional Museum Development Manager:

Ben provides general support and advice for museums in the following boroughs in north London: Barnet, Enfield, Haringey and Waltham Forest.

Contact details for the MDOs are available on the contact the team page.


Resources

A number of resources are available to assist museums through the accreditation process:

An 'Introduction to Accreditation' video (opens in YouTube) produced by Museum Development Midlands. This includes: what it entails, how to make the first steps, and what support is available.

This recorded webinar, 'Accreditation: Getting started (and the technical bits)' (opens in YouTube) is hosted by the Museum Development UK partnership. It shows you how to get started with some technical tips about applying using the online Grantium system.

Forward planning good practice case studies, as well as examples of policies and a template giving the required wording of a Collections Development Policy are available on the Collections Trust - Accreditation Resources website. The forward planning case studies relate to Kirkleatham Museum (type 2 local authority museum with staff), and Thornbury and District Heritage Trust (type 1 independent museum with a volunteer workforce).

The Association of Independent Museums produce a number of best practice guidance documents and toolkits including the AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums' toolkit


Museums at Risk

In working with museums, personal data will not be shared. However, organisational information may be shared with our main funder Arts Council England in relation to our role of maintaining a watching brief on Accredited museums undergoing circumstances of significant change, including risk of closure.

Arts Council England is the national development agency for museums and a key stakeholder in relation to museums and collections at risk. Arts Council England will not share this information more widely unless it is in the public domain or without the permission of your museum’s governing body.