Thursday 14 May 2015

Clare Museum to receive Interim Accreditation Status

Clare Museum is delighted to announce that it is to receive Interim Accreditation Status under the Heritage Council’s Museum Standards Programme for Ireland. The programme is designed to improve all areas of museum practice across the whole museum, including Museum Management, Public Services and Collection Management. Clare Museum now joins an elite band of museums of all types which have achieved accreditation at some level, including National institutions and small volunteer-led organisations.

The Accreditation programme comprises thirty-four agreed minimum standards. Twenty-five of these are required to achieve interim accreditation, while the remaining nine standards are required for full accreditation. New Collection, Loan, Exhibition and Disposal Policies were recently adopted by Clare County Council as part of the process along with a Strategic Management Plan which will help to develop the museum for the next three years. John Rattigan, Curator of Clare Museum, stated that ‘the remaining standards required for full accreditation will be pursued by the staff and volunteers at the museum over the next sixteen months with a view to achieving Full Accreditation in two years time.’ Clare Museum will be officially presented with its Interim Accreditation status at a function in Dublin in July 2015.

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