Designated collection at Library and Museum of Freemasonry

Accreditation Scheme

Accreditation Scheme for museums in the UK

MLA's Accreditation Scheme sets nationally agreed standards for museums in the UK. The Standard supports museums in identifying opportunities for further improvement and development. There are currently over 1,800 museums participating in the Scheme, demonstrating their commitment to managing collections effectively for the enjoyment of our communities.

Current participants within the scheme are listed in the Excel Spreadsheet below. This document will be updated following each panel meeting after the Statistical Release.

Microsoft Excel List of Accredited Museums in the UK (Excel 363KB)

For queries relating to an application for Accredited Status please contact your Regional Accreditation Adviser and/or Museum Development Officer (where present) in the first instance. Please see section on 'Where can I get help?' below.

For further information please contact Samuel Rowlands (Accreditation Manager):

Tel: 0121 345 7315

MLA has produced a revised guide to 'Promoting your award', using the revised Accreditation logo. The guide has been created to help museums promote their Accredited status. It can supplement resources provided by communications colleagues, and provides easy to follow tips and templates to help:

  • develop your core messaging around Accreditation
  • encourage your press office, volunteers and local authority to make use of the material we have provided
  • achieve media coverage for your museum, and
  • provide support in promoting your museum through events, photography, branding and website content.

If you require an electronic copy of the logo, please contact
Information regarding the Accreditation Scheme, as well as support and advice arrangements, and sources of information have been included below.

Accreditation 2011 Roadshows

The revised Accreditation Standard for 2011 is more straightforward and useful and will be published as a slimmer and more user-friendly advocacy tool. Its themes will be organisational health, collections and users and their experiences. In the run up to its rollout by Arts Council England in October 2011, MLA is running introductory roadshow events around England. These will give those working in the sector the opportunity to learn more about the revised standard and provide feedback. Please click on the links below to view the roadshow flyer and download a booking form.

Adobe PDF Accreditation roadshow flyer (PDF 126KB)

Microsoft Word Delegate booking form (Word 148KB)

Please click on the appropriate links below for details.

About Accreditation

The Museum Registration Scheme was established in 1988. Since then it has helped over 1,800 museums across the UK to focus on

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Developing Accreditation

The standard will be re-presented as a more focused set of requirements, and there will be increased flexibility for museums to...

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The Accreditation Committee

The Scheme is overseen by the Accreditation Committee, senior museum professionals with knowledge and expertise relating to

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How do I apply?

Information and documents that will help you apply for the MLA's Accreditation Scheme.

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Where can I get help?

Details and contact information for support arrangements in each English region and for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

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Retaining your award

Museums achieving Accredited Status are required to provide evidence of continued attainment through an information return...

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Latest News

New Designated collections

Collections, library and archive of the Royal Academy of Arts; the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library at the English Folk Dance and Song Society; and the entire holdings of Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service are the latest collections to join the Scheme.  Continue reading

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  • collections management

    MLA supports or contributes to a variety of initiatives to provide comprehensive advice and information for everyone involved in developing and managing collections.

  • renaissance

    Renaissance is the MLA’s ground-breaking programme to transform England’s regional museums. Central government funding is enabling regional museums across the country to raise their standards and deliver real results in terms of education and regeneration in local communities.

  • raising standards

    Through highlighting best practice, supporting improvement, and running schemes such as Accreditation and Designation


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