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Accreditation Review

Accreditation Review

In January this year it was announced that Museum Accreditation would be undergoing a review of certain aspects of the Scheme.

The review 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.

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.

Accreditation review update 21 June 2017

While the review is under way the process of Accreditation will continue, with returns being assessed against the current standard. The list of when next returns are due is published here.

In Scotland, although there was a small backlog, this has now nearly been cleared.

The link between the Recognition Scheme and Accreditation Scheme will remain, with full Accreditation status being an eligibility requirement for Recognition.

Accreditation Review FAQs

Museum Accreditation Review: infographic summary of feedback

As you know, we've been working with our Accreditation partners - Arts Council England (ACE), the Northern Ireland Museums Council (NIMC) and Museum, Archives and Library Division of the Welsh Government (MALD) - on the review of the Scheme. We want to keep you as up to date as possible through out the process, so please see below an infographic summary of the feedback we have received from across the UK.

MGS is delighted that so many of you took part in the sector wide survey and have given us comments about the Scheme over the last seven years. We're continuing to work with the Accreditation partners to make sure that we develop the Scheme going forward to be as useful and as user-friendly as possible, while retaining its purpose of being a professional standard that can support the whole UK museum sector.

We, with the partners, will be launching the refreshed Scheme later this year.

If you have any comments or questions about the review contact our Quality Assurance Manager

Jenny Youngson
Quality Assurance Manager
Telephone: 0131 550 4124

Alternatively contact the Senior Project Manager for the review, Ellie Collier, at