South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

ACE Accreditation Guidance published

Arts Council England has released their expanded guidance on the refreshed Museum Accreditation scheme, which is available on their website here:

The Accreditation Scheme is the UK industry standard for museums and galleries. It helps everyone involved with a museum to do the right things, helping people to access and engage with collections, and protect them for future generations. The Accreditation Scheme does this by making sure museums manage their collections properly, engage with visitors, and are governed appropriately by encouraging all museums and galleries to meet an agreed standard in:
• How they’re run
• How they manage their collections • How they engage with their users
The Accreditation Scheme is run for museums and galleries of all sizes and types across the UK. It is managed as a UK Partnership between Arts Council England, the Welsh Government, Museums Galleries Scotland and the Northern Ireland Museums Council. The scheme has led the way in raising museum standards in the UK and has been used as a model and source of inspiration for similar schemes overseas.

The guidance notes provide practical information on how to complete the Accreditation form, whether you’re applying for the first time or making an Accreditation return. It will provide links to support and advice to help you, and information on museums are assessed against the Accreditation Standard.