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Since the pause of the scheme in 2020-2021 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, ACE have been taking a phased approach to re-opening the Accreditation scheme in England. This means that some museums will have had their Accreditation award extended for longer than five years.  The pre-covid returns schedule is obsolete. All museums will remain fully accredited until they are invited to submit an Accreditation Return.

An updated Accreditation returns schedule for returns due between May and September 2024 is now available. Arts Council will be providing further updates in due course.

There are 5 Museums in the North Region on the new returns schedule. These are:

  • Beamish, The Living Museum of The North – return due date 1 July 2024
  • Bowes Museum – return due date 1 July 2024
  • Armitt Museum and Library – return due 1 August 2024
  • Pannett Art Gallery – return due date 1 August 2024
  • Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections – return due date 1 September 2024

PLEASE NOTE: In England, ACE are no longer planning to send out invitations direct to museums so please review this list so that you are aware when your Accreditation return is due to be submitted. Museums should be aware of any required actions or areas of development from the previous return, these are listed on the letter received with the most recent award.

You can find the returns schedule, along with more information on the Accreditation Scheme here.