The Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI) was established by the Heritage Council to benchmark and promote professional standards in the care of collections and to recognise through accreditation the achievement of those standards within the Irish museum sector.
Aims and Objectives
Accredited museums can have confidence they know how to look after their collections and understand the needs of their visitors.
'Taking part in the Museum Standards Programme is a public promise by each museum to take care of its collection'. Achieving accreditation in MSPI demonstrates that a museum is meeting its promise.'
The Work of MSPI
Participation on the programme is open to:
(i) all established and eligible museums and galleries on the island of Ireland and
(ii) the custodians of eligible collections considering or seeking a more permanent and secure situation for their collection.
Standards are achievable and can be applied to museums of all sizes and levels of funding.
MSPI provides a series of workshops to support the achievement of these standards covering topics that include:
- taking care of and documenting a collection;
- storing, displaying and exhibiting artefacts;
- risk assessment and disaster planning;
visitor care and access;
- museum governance and policies;
- marketing and
developing an education policy.
In addition the programme is complemented by a targeted post-graduate museum course which is supported by the Heritage Council and delivered by the University of Ulster.
There are now 58 museums (61 sites) in the Museum Standards Programme. These include national institutions, local authority, private, co-operative and small volunteer-run museums. To date 28 have achieved Full Accreditation and 12 have achieved Interim Accreditation.
View the list of Participants