Knock Museum has recognised for high standards in the management of the museum, care of collections and visitor services by the Heritage Council under the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland.
Knock Museum has successfully reapplied for Full Accreditation in the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland having originally been awarded full accreditation status in 2009.
Following a return site-visit to the museum its Assessor wrote: “The Museum has continued to make good use of the MSPI scheme, to acquire both knowledge and contacts.
“It has increased its display standard and its visitor facilities, while also maintaining a high quality conservation facility and professional documentation system.
“It is an example of good practice in a small museum. In addition to a good temporary exhibition programme, the Museum has benefited from Knock Shrine’s development of a bright, new cheerful café, adjoining the Museum and sharing the Museum’s entrance, providing a high quality extension to the Museum and bringing new, regular users to the complex as a whole.
“The Museum took advantage of the development to professionally re-design its shop and entrance areas, providing a brighter and more welcoming experience for visitors.”
Knock Museum is one of 11 eleven museums recognised by the Heritage Council under the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland.
South Tipperary County Museum, the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Kerry County Museum, Drogheda Museum Millmount, Cavan County Museum, and South Tipperary County Museum were all awarded full accreditation.
Trinity College Zoological Museum, Allihies Copper Mine Museum in the Beara Penisula, Athy Heritage Centre Museum, and Donaghmore Workhouse and Agricultural Museum were awarded interim accreditation.
Knock Museum and the National Print Museum were awarded maintenance of full accreditation.
These museums will now join 43 other museums nationwide that have been recognised for high standards under the Programme.
The Museum Standards Programme, the first of its kind in Ireland is an important initiative which sets out to improve all aspects of Ireland’s museum practice and in particular raise the standards of care for collections across Irish museums and galleries.
A voluntary programme, it has attracted involvement from across the cultural spectrum from national institutions to small, volunteer led organisations. To date of the 54 participants in the programme, 20 museums have achieved full accreditation and 10 have been awarded interim accreditation.
Pictured above: Knock Museum recognised for high standards in the management of the museum, care of collections and visitor services by the Heritage Council under the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland. Pictured (L-R) at the 2013 Museum Standards Programme Awards were Sean Rainbird, Director of the National Gallery; Grace Mulqueen, Knock Museum Curator; James Campbell, Knock Museum; and Michael Starrett, Heritage Council Chief Executive. Photo: Conor McCabe Photography