The Castle accredited by Arts Council England

The Castle awarded accreditation from Arts Council



The Castle has been awarded ‘Full Accreditation’ by Arts Council England.


The accreditation sets the UK Standard for museums and galleries and defines good practice and identifies agreed standards, thereby encouraging development.


The Castle’s Heritage Centre has been part of the Arts Council Accreditation scheme for the past 10 years. But every three years a return has to be submitted in order to maintain the certification.


The returns procedure involves demonstrating how standards are still being met. It is a lengthy document and is supported with various policies, which have to be reviewed and a 3 year forward plan to show how the museum will be developing.


As well as standards relating to looking after artefacts and the collection, there are also standards relating to environmental sustainability, financial resilience, customer service, accessibility, security, storage, emergency planning, and education – all of which need to be demonstrated through evidence.


Janine King, Heritage Development Officer at The Castle, says, “I am delighted that The Castle Heritage Centre has been commended for continuing to demonstrate good practice through meeting the strict standards put in place by the Arts Council.”


“Being accredited provides opportunities for The Castle Heritage Centre to grow and develop and helps staff and volunteers plan for the future.”


Julia Bryson, who is Chair of the Heritage and Culture Committee at Bude-Stratton Town Council, adds, “This is such good news for the Bude area. I believe it shows the love and teamwork which consistently re-enforces the work carried out at The Castle.”


“It shows a solid base is in place which gives the confidence and the capabilities of the whole team to grow through hard work and good management. Well done all!”


The awarded accreditation is the latest in good news for The Castle’s Heritage Centre, which continue to grow from strength to strength. November saw the Castle’s Archive team recognised for their dedication to the Heritage Centre after winning a trophy at the first ever Bude Heroes Awards.


The Castle’s Archive team is made up of eight members who volunteer their time to organise and assemble exhibitions free for the community and visitors to enjoy at The Castle, Bude. They receive no financial rewards for their work.


Janine King explains, “The team give up their Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings to work behind the scenes on the Heritage Centre. The majority of our volunteers have been involved in the archive department for a number of years, and have been instrumental in developing the centre. They have been instrumental right from the beginning; when they helped move the museum to its new location at The Castle.”


“Their role included helping to ensure the safety of artefacts and documents to their new location, and re-cataloguing, a tremendously time-consuming operation.”



For more information about the accreditation scheme, please visit the Arts Council England website:


For more information about the Castle Archive Team’s win at the Bude Heroes Awards, please read this blog: