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Collections of diverse objects such as books, coins, vintage cars, boats and farm machinery provide a link with our past. The preservation of such collections is an important part our Museums and Archive work.

The Museum Standards Programme for Ireland

Vestment on display at Waterford Museum of Treasures
Glasnevin Museum

The Heritage Council’s main commitment to collections care comes through its support of the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI). This important initiative, with participants from a wide range of Irish collecting institutions, sets out to raise standards of care across Irish museums and galleries.

This programme, the first of its kind in the Republic of Ireland, sets out to improve all aspects of Ireland’s museum practice. A voluntary programme, it has attracted involvement from across the cultural spectrum - from national institutions to small, volunteer-led organisations. It is complemented by a full training programme, with a targeted post-graduate museum course which is supported by the Heritage Council and delivered by the University of Ulster.

To learn more about the Programme download the MSPI Guide [PDF 1,1,35KB] (last updated June 2015)

For more information on the programme, please contact the Programme Coordinator, Lesley-Ann Hayden on 056 777 0777 or email

Find out more about MSPI by clicking on the links below.

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