Museum Accreditation advice

Museum Development Officer teams (MDOs) across England provide advice on museum accreditation in their region. In London, the London Museum Development team provides this support as part of their general advice giving role.

Three MDOs have a remit for supporting museums through 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.

Rachael Crofts - Museum Development Officer, Audiences

Rachael 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.

Applying for Museum Accreditation

Arts Council England administer the Museum Accreditation scheme (external link). Guidance documents on the scheme and information on eligibility and how to apply are on the Arts Council England website (external link).

Accreditation guidance documents

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

Forward planning good practice case studies, researched and written by Alex Dawson for the Collections Trust, are available on the Collections Trust website (external link). 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 (external link) produce a number of best practice guidance documents and toolkits including the AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums' toolkit (external link).