County Museum receives quality award

County Museum receives quality award

Cavan County Museum, Ballyjamesduff re-affirmed its status as one of the country’s top museums, when it was awarded full accreditation in the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI) by Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys, TD in Dublin Castle on Tuesday last.

Published on: 13 Jul 2017

Retaining the status it first achieved in 2013, Cavan County Museum joins Drogheda Museum Millmount, The Glucksman in Cork, Kerry County Museum, Muckross House, Muckross Traditional Farms, Muckross House Research Library and Tipperary County Museum in being awarded full MSPI accreditation.

Cavan County Museum has made both small and major changes since it received Full Accreditation in 2013, especially in its development of award-winning outdoor experiences such as the First World War Trench Experience and the 1916 Rising Experience. Innovative developments of this nature are not requirements of the accreditation, but nonetheless reflect the ambition and high quality the MSPI standard represents.

In reviewing Cavan County Museum, the MSPI assessor said, “I have witnessed this museum grow in professionalism over the years and I think it is fair to say that it was their determination to achieve accreditation and to remain in the scheme has helped them to do this. 

“Cavan County Museum’s Curator provides the leadership this museum needs to ensure that it meets accreditation standards and she and her team understand what the scheme is about and why it is needed to look after their collections properly within the resources they have.”

Museum Curator Savina Donohoe welcomed the award and said the support of Cavan County Council, the community in Ballyjamesduff and the dedicated museum staff had all played a hugely significant role in allowing the museum to reach this standard.

“I’m looking forward to working to not only maintain this standard but to improve it still further, and to continue our mission of bringing understanding to the present by spreading knowledge of the past and bringing history to life at Cavan County Museum,” said Ms Donohoe.

Cavan County Museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am-5pm, and opens on Sundays from 2-5pm from June to September. The museum’s popular Comhaltas trad sessions will run on Tuesdays at 8pm throughout July and August.

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Pictured: Museum Curator Savina Donohoe, Minister for Culture, Heirtage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, and Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council, Cllr Paddy McDonald, pictured at Dublin Castle with Cavan County Museum's MSPI award.