What a great way to celebrate International Museums Day, #IMD2020, with the fantastic news that we have been awarded ‘Interim Accreditation under the Museums Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI)’ by the Heritage Council. The MSPI promotes professional standards in the care of collections in Irish museums and galleries, and this award recognises our achievement of those standards through accreditation.
This award acknowledges the work we do, and the support given to us by our parent body, Carlow County Council, and our founders, the Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society (CHAS). The process in achieving this accreditation is a lengthy and detailed one but is of enormous benefit to any museum that is involved in this process. The scheme has been operational for twenty-one years and we are the first Museum in Co. Carlow to join the scheme and to achieve this status.
The accessors in their report state that “Carlow County Museum has benefitted from a considered, and measured, development over many years. The Museum project complements Carlow County Council’s ongoing, and significant, commitment to a range of well-regarded cultural and heritage projects across the county, many of national significance.”
Also celebrating MSPI awards today are: Cork Public Museum, Glebe House & Gallery OPW, IFI The Irish Film Archive, Kilmainham Gaol OPW, Little Museum of Dublin, Hunt Museum, The Shackleton Museum (formerly Athy Heritage Centre-Museum), Fota House, Irish Heritage Trust, Waterford Treasures: Bishop’s Palace and Waterford Treasures: Medieval Museum. Congratulations to everybody!
You can read more about the MSPI standards and accreditation here.