What is Accreditation?

Museums Accreditation is the UK standard for museums and galleries. It defines good practice and identifies agreed minimum standards, thereby encouraging development. It is a baseline quality standard that helps guide museums to be the best they can be, for current and future users. Accreditation has an emphasis on effective forward planning to build relevance and resilience. The Museum Accreditation Scheme is widely credited with helping raise standards in museums since its introduction. As an agreed standard with a badged award, Accreditation is understood not only within the sector but also by funding organisations and governing bodies as the mark of a responsible museum. Accreditation is administered by Arts Council England in partnership with Museums Galleries Scotland, CyMAL: Museums, Archives, Libraries Wales, and the Northern Ireland Museums Council.


During 2017, the Arts Council and its partners undertook a light-touch review of certain aspects of the Museum Accreditation scheme. The revised Scheme is due to be relaunched later in 2018.

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Accreditation Advice for the East of England 2018-22

From April 2018 to March 2022 the technical Accreditation advice service for museums in the East of England will be provided through the SHARE Museums East programme. We employ an Accreditation Advisor who is able to assist museums with queries about their Accreditation applications or eligibility enquiries.

If you have read the Accreditation guidance documents and need further advice and support in renewing or applying for Accreditation you can contact us via the dedicated email at

Support is also available at a county level from your local Museum Development Officers, who run courses in addition to the SHARE Training Calendar and can visit museums to advise and help with Accreditation applications.

How do I find out more about Accreditation?

The Accreditation Scheme is managed directly by Arts Council England (ACE). Detailed requirements on the Scheme, including how to apply along with accompanying guidance can found at the Accreditation pages of ACE’s website. You can also find out which museums in the region are Accredited and which are officially Working Towards Accreditation on the Accreditation statistics page of the ACE website.

What other sources of support are available?

Many of the training and development opportunities offered through SHARE Museums East support museums to achieve or maintain Accreditation, either directly or indirectly, as do many of the resources available on this website. Check our Training Calendar regularly for the latest courses.

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