Full Accreditation for Research and Cultural Collections

Fascinating objects in the collections include ancient pottery

Ahead of World Heritage Day (Thursday 18 April), the University’s Research and Cultural Collections (RCC) has achieved Full Accreditation status from Arts Council England.   

RCC is a museum made up of historic and contemporary collections - from the arts and sciences - that are housed in many locations across campus.  

Fascinating objects in the collections include ancient pottery, contemporary sculpture, anatomical waxes, pacemakers and African textiles. Many can be discovered on display in the Aston Webb building in the exhibition A History Through Objects.

Receiving the prestigious Full Accreditation status underscores our commitment to preserving and promoting our rich cultural heritage, making it accessible to audiences and supporting UoB’s commitments to research, teaching and public engagement. 

Clare Mullett, Head of Research and Cultural Collections at the University of Birmingham, said: “RCC is very happy to be awarded Full Accreditation and really enjoyed the process of submitting. It gave us the opportunity to review and refresh our approach and firmly place user experience and access at the heart of our activity. This foundation underpins RCC’s integral role in the delivery of UoB’s Public and Cultural Engagement (PACE) strategy, launching later this year.” 

Emmie Kell, Director Museums and Cultural Property at Arts Council England said: "We’re delighted that Research and Cultural Collections has been successful in gaining their Accreditation status. This means that their Collections will be looked after and maintained offering inspiration, enjoyment and learning for the local community and visitors to enjoy now and in the future.” 

The Barber has also achieved reaccreditation after an extensive application process – the team were ecstatic after getting the thumbs-up just before Easter without any notes or recommendations.  

The Museum Accreditation scheme is the UK industry standard for museums and galleries, inspiring the confidence of the public, as well as funding and governing bodies.  

The news comes hot on the heels of a major funding award for the University. The Barber Institute, Lapworth Museum and RCC secured crucial funding from Research England of just over £2 million over five years.  

For more information, please contact rcc@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Full Prototype Pacemaker

Full Prototype Pacemaker, Leon Abrams and Ray Lightwood, 1962 - part of the RCC's Medical and Dental Collection


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