This level of award is only given to museums reaching a set of nationally agreed standards including meeting users’ needs and expectations, driving improvement forward and working with other organisations. The status is valid for three years, after which time the Museum will need to demonstrate that it is continuing to meet all the main management and service objectives whilst maintaining the highest levels of collections care.
“We are very proud to have achieved the high standards necessary for Arts Council Accreditation,” said Jon Murden, Director of Dorset County Museum. “To improve the Museum even further, we are now working on a major new project which will result in the complete redisplay of our Archaeology Gallery – this will be a fantastic new resource for all our visitors and especially for our local residents, members and supporters.”
Currently about 1800 museums in the UK are part of the Accreditation scheme which was established in 1988. Since then it has led the way in raising museum standards in the UK and has been used as a source of inspiration for similar schemes overseas.