Congratulations to the Museum of Free Derry who have just been awarded interim accreditation by the Heritage Council under the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland - the only museum in the North in the programme.
The Museum of Free Derry joined the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland in 2008. Founded by its parent body, the Bloody Sunday Trust, the museum sensitively represents its community through the interpretation of its collection and loan objects related to the history of Free Derry and Bloody Sunday.
Presenting the awards Minister of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs Jimmy Deenihan, T.D. said: “The long-term aim is always to hand over to new generations the rich heritage which is our shared birthright.”
The Museum Standards Programme, the first of its kind in Ireland is an important initiative which sets out to improve all aspects of Ireland’s museum practice and in particular raise the standards of care for collections across Irish museums and galleries. The Heritage Council’s commitment to care of collections is demonstrated through its support of the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland. Speaking about the Programme, Michael Starrett, Heritage Council Chief Executive said: “In times where the importance of tourism cannot be underestimated, it is imperative that we ensure the standards of our museums remain high. The Council is delighted to award interim accreditation to The Museum of Free Derry. This achievement reflects their hard work and continued dedication to the Programme.”
Adrian Kerr, Manager of Museum of Free Derry, said they were proud to have achieved the interim accreditation standard so soon. “This is a three year process and the museum has only been open for four years so we are very proud of how quickly we have achieved this and very pleased to have all our hard work recognised. We are not a museum organisation, but we have been able to get this far thanks to the expert help of Derry City Council’s Heritage Museum Service, Heritage Council and NI Museums Council,’ he added.