County Museum lands top Heritage Council award


County Museum lands top Heritage Council award

The Louth County Museum in Dundalk has been awarded Full Accreditation in the Museum Standards Programme of Ireland (MSPI), which is run by the Heritage Council.

The awards’ adjudication was announced at a ceremony in the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin today by the Chairman of the Heritage Council, Mr. Conor Newman.

Louth county museum is the seventh museum in the Local Authority Museums Network to achieve Full Accreditation under the Programme. The Heritage Council Assessors said that “Since the interim accreditation assessment, Dundalk County Museum continues to offer an interesting and varied programme of events and exhibitions. Behind the scenes, the collection is very well documented and looked after… which is due to the professionalism of the staff.

“The County Museum has been at the forefront in using new technology in museums and celebrated a European first with the installation of a virtual presenter. The museum is also a ‘Stream Museum’ broadcasting on the internet”. Its current exhibition is showing ‘Their Story – An Exhibition on the Irish in World War One’”.

The Museum Standards Programme of Ireland was started in 2006 with just 12 participants, and now has 57 museums around the country, both North and South, participating in it.

The County Museum Dundalk was one of seven of Ireland’s museums to be awarded the top standard of Full Accreditation, which requires complying with all 34 designated standards under the MSPI. It takes about five years to achieve all the standards and now, of the 57 participants in the programme, 29 museums have achieved full accreditation and 11 others have been awarded interim accreditation.