We are celebrating after being awarded accredited museum status. The Museum Standards Programme for Ireland, the first of its kind in the Republic, is administered by the Heritage Council and sets out to improve all aspects of Ireland’s museum practice. Museum experts from Britain and Northern Ireland travelled to Johnstown Castle last November to carry out an independent inspection of the museum.
In a letter to the museum Michael Starrett, the Chief Executive of the Heritage Council wrote, ‘This represents a great achievement for the team at the Irish Agricultural Museum. The Heritage Council acknowledges the hard work and perseverance of all involved in working to meet these 25 standards.’
Museum Manager Matt Wheeler, ‘We are delighted to achieve accreditation and receive this recognition from the Heritage Council. It was a significant challenge for us as we are a small team and we had to make many improvements in all aspects of the operation. We look forward to making further improvements over the coming years.’