The benefits of Accreditation
Accreditation enables museums and governing bodies to assess their current performance, and it supports them in planning and developing their services. It helps with:
- Performance – It is quality standard that serves as an authoritative benchmark for assessing performance, rewarding achievement and driving improvement.
- Profile – It raises awareness and understanding of museums, building confidence and credibility both within the governing body and among the public.
- People – It helps museums to improve their focus on meeting users’ needs and interests and developing their workforce.
- Partnerships – It helps museums to examine their services and to encourage joint working within and between organisations.
- Planning – It helps with forward planning by formalising procedures and policies.
- Patronage – It demonstrates that a museum has met a national standard, which strengthens applications for public and private funding and gives investors confidence in the organisation.
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During 2017, the Arts Council England (ACE) and their UK Accreditation Partners: The Welsh Government, through Museums, Archives and Libraries Division (MALD); Museums Galleries Scotland and Northern Ireland Museums Council will be undertaking a light-touch review of certain aspects of the Museum Accreditation scheme.
To allow ACE to focus on the review, there will be a revision of the Accreditation submission schedule in England for 2017. This includes prioritising:
- new applications
- responses to museums experiencing significant change
- provisional Accreditation reviews
- those which have already applied and those which have already been invited to apply.
Museums in England due to be invited to renew Accreditation in 2017 will remain part of the scheme for an additional 12 months, and will not be invited to resubmit until 2018. Those museums directly affected will be contacted individually.
This will not affect any museums planning to apply to Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation.
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