Nine museums were awarded Full, Maintenance and Interim Accreditation, under the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI), at a ceremony held on Monday 4 July at the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin.
Now in it's 10th year, the MSPI started with just 12 participants and now has 57 museums participating in it. Under the programme, 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.
Of the seven museums awarded Full Accreditation, four - Castletown House (OPW) in Co. Kildare; Donegal County Museum in Letterkenny; the Old Library, Trinity College Dublin, and the Pearse Museum - retained Full Accreditation that had been previously won, while three others - Athy Heritage Centre-Museum, Co. Kildare; the Louth County Museum in Dundalk, and Fota House, Irish Heritage Trust, in Co. Cork - were achieving Full Accreditation for the first time.
Two other museums - the Irish Agricultural Museum, Co. Wexford, and the Michael Davitt Museum, in Straide, Co. Mayo - were awarded Interim Accreditation.
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