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ACE Accreditation Review Update

Here is the latest update from the Arts Council England about the review of Museum Accreditation:

'In January this year we announced that we will be undertaking a review of certain aspects of the Museum Accreditation Scheme. Planning and scoping for the review is underway and has been shaped by the UK Accreditation Partners (Arts Council England, Museums Galleries Scotland, the Welsh Government, and Northern Ireland Museums Council) and wider stakeholders including Museum Development Network, the Accreditation Committee, and the Association of Independent Museums.

Particular areas of focus for the review will include:

Improving the communications about the Scheme – we want to make sure we’re celebrating the significant achievements of museums and that the benefits of participation are being promoted.

Looking at the process of applying and the schedule for returning participants – we want the process to be as user-friendly and as clear as possible for those involved and the schedule to be appropriate and sustainable.

Reviewing the Standard and the scalability – we know that the types of museums involved in the Scheme varies hugely so it’s important to ensure that Accreditation is a useful health-check and a meaningful achievement for museums of all sizes. We want to ensure Accreditation is focused in the places where it can have most impact.

Supporting museums interested in applying to the Scheme – we’d like to encourage museums of all sizes to apply and this requires clearer eligibility guidance and updated information around governance models being available.

Reviewing the Museum Mentor criteria – we want to make sure we are doing everything we can to ensure a sustainable approach to professional advice. The review will help support and thank mentors for their role with volunteer-led museums as they are a vital part of the scheme.

Looking at our internal processes - we are aware that there have been some issues with our internal processes and we are sorry that some of you will have been affected by this. We will be putting in place robust measures to ensure smooth running of the Scheme in future.

A Senior Project Manager for the Accreditation Review has been appointed. Ellie Collier started in post at the end of May on a 10 month contract. Priorities include developing the detail of the project plan and setting up an External Reference Group to help guide the review.

There will be opportunities to input into the review later in the year, but in the meantime if you want to raise points which are relevant for the review please email:

The refreshed Accreditation Scheme will be re-launched in Spring 2018 to coincide with the scheme’s 30th anniversary. In the meantime we’ll keep you updated as the review progresses.

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