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Eleven of Ireland’s Museums recognised for high standards under Heritage Council’s Museum Standards Programme for Ireland

Eleven of Ireland’s museums were today recognised for high standards in the management of the museum, care of collections and visitor services by the Heritage Council under the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland. 

The Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cavan County Museum, Drogheda Museum Millmount, Kerry County Museum and South Tipperary County Museum were all awarded full accreditation; while Trinity College Zoological Museum, Allihies Copper Mine Museum in the Beara Penisula, Athy Heritage Centre Museum, and Donaghmore Workhouse and Agricultural Museum were awarded interim accreditation; and Knock Museum and the National Print Museum were awarded maintenance of full accreditation.

These museums will now join 43 other museums nationwide that have been recognised for high standards under the Programme. The Museum Standards Programme, the first of its kind in Ireland is an important initiative which sets out to improve all aspects of Ireland’s museum practice and in particular raise the standards of care for collections across Irish museums and galleries. A voluntary programme, it has attracted involvement from across the cultural spectrum from national institutions to small, volunteer led organisations. To date of the 54 participants in the programme, 20 museums have achieved full accreditation and 10 have been awarded interim accreditation.