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Armagh museums recognised at Museum Accreditation Awards

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ARMAGH  County Museum and the the Royal Fusiliers Museum in Armagh have been recognised at the prestigious Museum Accreditation Awards having achieved and maintained their Full Accreditation status for 2017.

The awards ceremony took place on on Monday 4 December at the Northern Ireland War Memorial, Talbot Street, Belfast attended by guests from both the local and UK museum sector.

Other local museums who received Full Accreditation this year included Down County Museum, Newry and Mourne Museum, North Down Museum, Castle Ward, Florence Court, Mount Stewart, Hezlett House, and Independent museums; Northern Ireland War Memorial, The Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum, and The Inniskillings Museum.

Tríona White Hamilton, Accreditation Adviser and Assessor at Northern Ireland Museums Council said “We are delighted that our local museums’ commitment to governance, collections care and visitor experience has ensured their maintenance of the Accreditation Standard. We hope that this will enable the continued development of these museums as valued resources for both visitors and the local community. Accreditation is a national standard which gives confidence to all stakeholders.”

Sean Barden, Curatorial Services at Armagh County Museum said; ‘with accreditation status we have not only a credible recognition of our commitment to excellence but we also have a toolkit to promote continued organisational development and professionalism.”

It acknowledges that we are working to the highest standards when we collect, care for and interpret the area’s inalienable heritage assets.’

The Accreditation Scheme sets nationally agreed standards for museums in the UK. It defines good practice and identifies agreed standards, thereby encouraging development. The baseline quality standard helps guide museums to be the best they can be for current and future users.

Museums are required to submit their Accreditation return applications every three years to ensure they are continuing to maintain the standard.

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