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MSPI - 3 Additional Museums Receive Full Accreditation

Congratulations to the Old Library in Trinity College Dublin; Pearse Museum OPW in St. Enda’s Park Rathfarnham; and Castletown House OPW in Co. Kildare who were today awarded full accreditation by the Heritage Council under the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI). These museums will now join 15 other museums nationwide that have been recognised for high standards under the Programme.

The Foynes Flying Boat Museum in Limerick also received interim accreditation while Monaghan County Museum and the Butler Gallery Kilkenny were awarded maintenance of full accreditation at a ceremony which took place in Dublin on Wednesday 11th July.

Minister of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, T.D. commented:
“The Museum Standards Programme for Ireland recognises the high standards and level of professionalism which exists within the museum sector. Our cultural heritage is a key factor to attracting tourists and generating economic growth. The museums achieving the various stages of accreditation today are to be commended for their commitment, hard work and vision”.

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 52 participants in the programme, 15 museums have achieved full accreditation and 10 have been awarded interim accreditation.

Download the full press release here [pdf 97kb].