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Press Release – MSPI Award

MSPI AWARD – Highest Standard for Museums

Dublin Castle 11/07/17

Galway City Museum is one of four museums that have just been officially awarded full accreditation under the Heritage Council’s Museum Standards Programme for Ireland.  Dublin Castle State Apartments, Galway City Museum, Highlanes Gallery in Drogheda, and Rathfarnham Castle achieved the highest standard in recognition of their work in collection care, governance, and visitor care and access.

The Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI), which started in 2006 recognises excellence in caring for collections, museum management, education, exhibition and visitor services.  Speaking at Tuesday’s awards ceremony, Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, said:

“I am delighted to present these awards in this tenth anniversary year for the Museum Standards Programme Initiative. Maintaining and cherishing our museums is of great importance to me and I was very pleased recently to be able to announce funding of almost €135,000 for twenty-three projects around the country under the Local and Regional Museums Funding Scheme 2017.  At a local level there has been great work done to raise the standards of care across Irish museums, and I would like to congratulate and thank all those involved, especially those who are receiving awards here today.”

MSPI assessors promoted by the Heritage Council of Ireland said the following about Galway City Museum:

“The Director has a very impressive staff team to support her and exciting plans for the future, and we are pleased to recommend that Galway City Museum is awarded Interim and Full Accreditation under the Museums Standards Programme for Ireland”

Thanks to all our service users for supporting Galway City Museum over the past ten years. We share this award with you – it will take pride of place at the museum reception where you can see it on your next visit!



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