Over the past 16 years, National Heritage Week has been a focal point, bringing together communities and people across the country. It is now one of the most significant dates in Ireland’s cultural calendar.
Episode 15- The Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI)
The prestigious Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI) exists to set the benchmark for achieving ‘excellence’ across the Irish museum sector. Established by The Heritage Council 16 years ago, selection under the programme is seen as a major accolade.
Each museum in the programme goes through a rigorous process to achieve high standards across a range of areas. These include how they care for their collections, as well as the manner in which they provide their education and exhibition programmes. In total, 47 have reached the pinnacle of the programme, having achieved full accreditation.
In today’s podcast, Lesley-Ann Haden, MSPI Coordinator, and Brian Crowley, Curator of Collections in Kilmainham Gaol, take us through the evolution of the programme, its importance to the sector, and what the future holds for Irish museums.