Accreditations | The Fashion Museum

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Silk shoe from the museum collection


View the current Fashion Museum accreditations here.


The Fashion Museum is designated as 'an outstanding collection'. This accreditation is used by Arts Council England, to recognise collections that are not held in national museums but are nevertheless of national and international significance.

Bath and North East Somerset Council is the only local government body to hold two such collections, the other is the Roman Baths.

The Museum Registration Scheme was established in 1988 and the Museum of Costume was registered in 1990. In 2004, the Scheme was renamed Accreditation to better reflect its purpose and the achievements of those museums which meet the standards it sets out.


Accreditation recognises the steps that the Fashion Museum takes to meet the needs of today’s visitors, while at the same time safeguarding their collections for future generations.

Under the scheme the Fashion Museum is required to provide:

  • opportunities to use, enjoy and learn from the collections
  • an assurance that the collections, including donated items, are held in trust for society
  • information about the museum, its collections and its services
  • a commitment to consultation with users, to ensure that future developments and changes take account of their needs and interests
  • appropriate visitor facilities or details about facilities nearby.


The Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme (VAQAS) is managed by VisitEngland and encourages improvements in the visitor experience through its network of regional assessors, one of whom makes a visit to the site annually. The assessor follows the entire customer journey, including marketing and promotion, visitor information pre-arrival, the site itself, the toilet facilities, shops and café or restaurant. The Fashion Museum receives a debrief and written report from the assessor and uses it as a tool to make changes to the visitor experience. 

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