Johnstown Castle an accredited museum
Staff at The Irish Agricultural Museum, Johnstown Castle 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 said, '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.'
Museum Chairman Peter Miller said: 'This is an important milestone for the museum in this our 40th year of operation and the staff are to be congratulated for all their endeavour in preparing our submission. The museum is now open every day, is fully accessible and offers something for everyone year round. The future here at Johnstown is very exciting - we are looking forward to working with our colleagues at Teagasc and the Irish Heritage Trust as part of the wider redevelopment of the whole site.'