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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.

Call for Expressions of Interest for the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland

The Museum Standards Programme is making a call for expressions of interest as a first step for an institution considering applying for eligibility to join at a future date.  To communicate interest you are asked to complete the ‘expression of interest’ form and return it to the Programme’s co-ordinator, Lesley-Ann Hayden, by Friday 29 August.  Lesley-Ann will be available to answer questions about the Programme to Thursday 24 July: email  (She will be on leave in August.)

The purpose of the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI) is to benchmark and promote professional standards in collections care and to recognise the achievement of those standards within the Irish museum sector.

The term ‘museum’ includes museums, galleries and collecting agencies and, for MSPI purposes, is defined as follows:

Museums are not for profit institutions that collect, safeguard, hold in trust, research, develop and interpret collections of original objects and original objects on loan, for the public benefit. They function publicly as places where people learn from and find inspiration and enjoyment through the display and research of original objects.

Accreditation is open to all Irish museums (as defined above) that meet the eligibility criteria.  The standards are achievable and can be applied to museums of all sizes and levels of funding.  MSPI participants to date have ranged from national institutions, through local authority, to private, co-operative and small volunteer-run museums.  

Further information, including eligibility criteria, the standards, guidelines and current participants, is available here