Accreditation Scheme

We want all museums to be sustainable, focused and trusted organisations, which offer their visitors a great experience. The Accreditation Scheme sets out nationally-agreed standards, which inspire the confidence of the public and funding and governing bodies. It enables museums to assess their current performance, as well as supporting them to plan and develop their services.

A woman stands amongst hanging strings of ball-shaped lights, in front of exhibits in a steam museum.

How to apply

Assess your eligibility and apply for Accreditation

Writers Jon Nash and Jim Crago lean over a table both writing by hand, in The Elizabethan House, Plymouth.

Disposal from collections

Museums should always act carefully, responsibly and ethically when disposing of items from their collections

Image captions
Top left to bottom right: 1. The Town at the Beamish Museum. Photo © Beamish Museum 2. Digital journeys at The Steam Museum. Photo © Create Studios, Swindon. 3. Pitt Rivers Museum. Photo © University of Oxford. 4. Jon Nash & Jim Crago, writers of Spice Box: a Barbican Theatre Plymouth production at The Elizabethan House. Photo © Gemma Ward Photographer / Barbican Theatre. 5. Live Late at Millennium Gallery. Photo © Museums Sheffield. 6. Exhibits at RAMM Exeter. Photo © Matt Austin / RAMM Exeter