Accreditation

The Arts Council England Accreditation Scheme sets nationally agreed industry standards for museums in the UK.

It tells everyone involved with a museum that they’re doing the right things to help people to engage with collections and protect them for the future.

There are currently more than 1700 museums across the UK participating in the scheme, demonstrating their commitment to ensuring museums are governed appropriately and are managing collections effectively for the enjoyment and benefit of visitors and users.

Accreditation is a scaled standard, so a museum can become Accredited, whether they are a National museum with 1000’s of visitors, or a small volunteer led museum open for 20 days a year. Accreditation provides an effective framework for a museum to progress and be the best they can be.

MDEM offers support in all areas of the Accreditation scheme.  We advise museums interested in joining, those working towards Accreditation and those already Accredited.

Accreditation Support in the East Midlands:

  • Accreditation Adviser: Our Organisational Health and Accreditation Adviser for the East Midlands is Heather Lomas. Heather is available to answer queries on Accreditation, support museums undertaking their Accreditation return or to provide advice and guidance for those thinking of applying.
  • Accreditation Mentors: are supported by an active Mentors Network in the region, facilitated by MDEM. Please click here for more information.
  • Accreditation Training: MDEM offers a range of Accreditation training and workshops for museums. Visit our events pages for more information.

Guidance and resources
The Accreditation scheme is managed directly by Arts Council England and detailed requirements on the scheme, including how to apply and accompanying guidance can be found via the Arts Council website.

MDEM and partners across England have created a range of resources to support museums in this area. Take a look below for the following:

Museum Accreditation Webinar: Users and their experiences

Museum Accreditation Webinar: Users and their experiences

As part of Museum Development UK’s support for museums regarding Museum Accreditation, a series of four support films have been created. This film is hosted by Jennie Pitceathly, and is a about how Museum Accreditation relates to users. It is aimed at anyone reviewing...

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Museum Accreditation Webinar: Managing Collections

Museum Accreditation Webinar: Managing Collections

As part of Museum Development UK’s support for museums regarding Museum Accreditation, a series of four support films have been created. This film is hosted by Heather Lomas and is a about how Museum Accreditation relates to managing collections. It is aimed at anyone...

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Museum Accreditation Webinar: Organisational Health

Museum Accreditation Webinar: Organisational Health

As part of Museum Development UK’s support for museums regarding Museum Accreditation, a series of three support films have been created. This film is hosted by Heather Lomas and is a about how Museum Accreditation relates to organisational health. It is aimed at...

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What’s it like being an Accreditation Mentor?

What’s it like being an Accreditation Mentor?

Join Heather Lomas, Accreditation Advisor for MDEM, and Angela Tarnowski, Accreditation Mentor for the Loughborough Carillon War Memorial and Tower as they discuss what it's like being a Mentor, including a discussion on benefits, time and commitment needed and how...

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Introduction to Museum Accreditation

Introduction to Museum Accreditation

Are you new to Museum Accreditation or considering whether or not the scheme is the right fit for your organisations? On this page you’ll find a range of resources aimed at explaining the scheme to new and potential applicants. In this introductory video Accreditation...

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