The Accreditation Scheme sets nationally agreed standards for museums in the UK. It defines good practice and identifies agreed 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.
Although it is a national standard, it’s not a ‘one size fits all’ model. The expectations vary for museums of different types, sizes and scopes. There are currently more than 1,700 museums participating in the scheme across the UK.
The scheme is regarded as one of the most innovative and effective developments in the museum sector. It 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 scheme is managed as a partnership between the Arts Council, the Welsh Government, Museums Galleries Scotland and the Northern Ireland Museums Council. The partners have a shared vision for accreditation - to build trust in UK museums by:
- Maintaining a shared understanding of professional standards
- Encouraging sustainable development through effective planning, responsible collections management and active engagement with communities
The achievement of a national standard gives confidence to all stakeholders.