Museums participating in the Accreditation Scheme are periodically invited to provide evidence that they continue to comply with the Accreditation Standard through a returns process.

After a detailed review of the implementation of the revised Accreditation Standard and consideration of feedback received, changes are being implemented to the Accreditation return programme from August 2013. These changes are designed to ensure the continued delivery of a robust assessment process and to reduce the workload museums have reported when preparing an Accreditation return.

The revised returns cycle includes:

  • a reduction in the frequency with which museums are invited to complete an Accreditation return
  • an extension of the Accreditation award to cover three, rather than two, years

The dates that museums can expect to receive an invitation to provide a return, along with a deadline, have been published below. We have reflected the current cycle and the subsequent cycle to support museum's planning activities.

There are five documents:

Should you wish to discuss your current position in the returns cycle, please contact your assessing organisation.

Guidance documents to support you in your return can be found on the Guidance documents page.

Returns should be undertaken through an online application system hosted by the Arts Council. More information on this can be found in our step-by-step guide to accessing the system.

The Word version of the returns form is available as a resource to support the preparation of your online return. You can cut and paste text from the word document directly to the online application form.

If you are unable to access the online return form and would like to discuss providing your return in a different format, please contact your relevant assessing organisation.

Should you wish to provide an application or return in the Welsh language, please contact CyMAL: Museums Archives and Libraries Wales (a division of the Welsh Government).