The Museum Mentors scheme partners experienced professionals with smaller museums, to help them in their Accreditation applications and returns.
If we judge your museum eligible to apply for Accreditation, advice is available to help you complete your application. Support is also available to museums that are already members of the scheme, to help them maintain the national standard.
Accreditation guidance - Introduction (printer friendly)
Accreditation guidance - Organisational health (printer friendly)
Accreditation guidance - Collections (printer friendly)
Accreditation guidance - Users and their experiences (printer friendly)
Accreditation Questions National & Nationally Styled
Collections development policy - template
Accreditation - resource list
Accreditation - guide to the online application system
Museum Development and delivery of Accreditation advice function 2018-22 - briefing note
Accreditation Guidance for national portfolio applicants (SSOs) 2018 - 2022
Museum Mentors are experienced professionals in the sector, who help smaller museums achieve and retain Accreditation. They do this by supporting those museums to develop Accreditation applications and returns.
To fulfil the requirements of Accreditation, all museums must have access to appropriately qualified staff. One way to achieve this is to appoint a Museum Mentor.
There are currently 305 Museum Mentors, providing professional advice and support to 433 independent museums.
See the documents below for more information about Museum Mentors - including what they do and how to become one.
Museum Mentors - template documents
Museum Mentor - Expression of interest form
We welcome your feedback so that we can continue to improve the Accreditation Scheme, and help with any difficulties you may encounter. Please send your comments or suggestions to our Accreditation team.
If you want to make a complaint you can find details in our complaints procedure. This explains the formal procedure for dealing with complaints, and the sorts of things people can make a formal complaint about.
Download the document below for more information.
Accreditation Scheme for Museums - Complaints Procedure
Nationally-styled museums are museums which are not National Museums: they were not established by national legislation and are not significantly funded directly by central or devolved Government however they are marketed with a national name. Examples include the National Football Museum and the Scottish Fisheries Museum.
Accreditation characteristics and criteria for such museums are enhanced as a nationally-styled name leads to a public expectation in terms of facilities and scope and scale of the collection. The museum will offer visitor facilities appropriate to a national organisation. It will hold and acquire a collection of national significance and international interest, providing excellent engagement opportunities through exhibitions, displays, learning, and research opportunities.
Nationally-styled names include the following, or equivalent words:
International, World, Nation, National, Europe, European, Commonwealth, Empire, United Kingdom, Great Britain, Britain, British, England, English, Wales, Welsh, Cymru, Cymreig, Scotland, Scottish, na h-Alba, Ulster, Norther Ireland and Northern Irish.
Nationally-styled names for museum are considered at eligibility stage for a new application from a museum and at this stage a site visit is usually undertaken to discuss the appropriateness of the name of the museum.
For museums already participating in the Scheme and where they have rebranded using a nationally-styled name, the assessing body will also consider the appropriateness of the name of the museum and may make additional recommendations in relation to this.
Nationally styled museums must complete 12 additional questions, available to download here.
For more information see the published Accreditation guidance: An introduction (June 2014).
The UK Accreditation Partnership are planning to review national-styling in more detail as part of the wider light touch review of Accreditation in 2017/18.