Launching refreshed Museum Accreditation at 30th anniversary celebrations

5 Nov 2018 11:08 AM

Recently (01 October 2018) we hosted a special event at the Coventry Transport Museum to celebrate 30 years since the beginning of Museum Accreditation, and to launch a refreshed version of the scheme.

Museum Accreditation is a UK wide initiative that sets nationally agreed standards for Museums, managed as a partnership by the Arts Council, the Welsh Government, Museums Galleries Scotland and the Northern Ireland Museums Council. It has had a hugely positive impact on the sector since its launch in 1988, encouraging all museums to meet an agreed standard in how they’re run, how they manage their collections and how they engage with their users.

Kate Bellamy, Director of Museums, Arts Council England and Emma Chaplin, Director, AIM cutting the cake

The new scheme was revised following a review led by Arts Council England, on behalf of the UK partners, and with wider stakeholders including The Museum Development Network, the Accreditation Committee, the Association of Independent Museums, Museums Association and the Collections Trust.

The refreshed scheme – which extends the Accreditation period from three years to five – includes updates to the 2011 Accreditation Standard, with improvements made to its focus, tone and structure; changes to the eligibility criteria and accompanying guidance, to bring these more in line with changing governance models in the sector; publishing a new extended returns timetable; and replacing the current suite of guidance documents with a single, clearer document, which will be published by the end of the year.

Laura Dyer, Deputy Chief Executive, Arts Council England, mingling at the party 

Speaking at the eventLaura Dyer, Deputy Chief Executive, Arts Council England, recently said:“Our mission, as many of you will know, is great arts and culture for everyone and the [Museum] Accreditation Scheme is an important part of achieving that mission.

“Museums are vital assets in our communities, they help root us, tell our local stories, show the journeys our communities have been on… but also make us lift our heads. To look afar, to show us things from beyond our own experience, help us consider and tackle difficult subjects, and encourage us to consider other worlds, other lives.”

Kate Bellamy, Director of Museums, Arts Council England, also commented: "One of the great strengths of the Scheme is that it was developed by the sector and we know, through your responses to the review, just how committed you remain to it, so thank you. 

The event was hosted at the Coventry Transport Museum, of the the over 1300 Accredited Museums in England 

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