Arts Council England always accepts questionnaires from non-accredited museums who are interested in joining the www.artscouncil.org.uk/supporting-arts-museums-and-libraries/uk-museum-accreditation-scheme We have local museum development managers to advise you and connect to wider networks. Vicky Dawson is our Technical Accreditation Advisor dedicated to helping accredited museums. Arts Council has published a specific faq document on accreditation during COVID-19. Arts Council and South West Museum Development will write to all museums in the short term. This suspension of activity is intended to relieve museums in a period of great uncertainty and recognizes that the prior/business plans and corresponding museum budgets will not reflect the actual situation at the time of the evaluation. The museum`s accreditation system sets the industry standard that allows museums to check and rely on: please contact us with the accreditation drop and the best person to answer your question will contact you. We offer targeted training to people who work in museums of all shapes and sizes to connect, feel inspired and learn new skills. To accommodate this deferral, the accreditation status (full or provisional) of all accredited museums in the UK is extended by an additional 12 months. The requirement that a museum be open for accreditation has been lifted. Accredited museums may continue to apply for grants if accreditation is a condition of funding. Arts Council has published an extensive briefing on the impact of these decisions on museums in the form of FAQs on their website www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid-19/our-open-funding-programmes#section-6 We can advise you and help you ask your questions about current rules and accreditation standards.