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Woodbridge Tide Mill Museum, a rare and much-loved working tide mill on the banks of the River Deben in Woodbridge Suffolk has been given full Accreditation status.

Administered by Arts Council England on behalf of the UK Accreditation Partnership, Accreditation is the benchmark for well-run Museums and Galleries.

It means that Woodbridge Tide Mill Museum is properly managed and governed to the nationally agreed industry standard and shows the museum takes proper care of its collections, sharing them with visitors and keeping them safe for future generations.

Accreditation opens exciting funding opportunities, allows museums to host touring exhibitions and gives access to professional advice and support. It also gives confidence to donors and sponsors who may wish to support the museum in preserving heritage and inspiring future generations.

Accreditation covers museums of all types and sizes - from the smallest volunteer-run museums to national museums – and more than 1,700 museums are currently taking part in the scheme across the UK.

More information about the Accreditation scheme can be found here.

Tide Mill Simon Ballard

Chair of the Tide Mill Charitable Trust John Carrington said: "the team has put in a lot of work to get this Accreditation and I would like to thank them. This status means that we can get advice and access to grants to be better equipped to look after the Mill, ensuring that it is capable of surviving another 850 years on the same site. It will help us bring this rare working museum to a wider audience."

Liz Johnson, Director Museums and Cultural Property at Arts Council England said: "We’re delighted that Woodbridge Tide Mill Museum 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.”

For more information, please contact:

Tide Mill Chair; John Carrington, 01394 384695
Tide Mill volunteer; Simon Ballard, 01394 383646