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City Museums Meet National Standards

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City Museums Meet National Standards


A scheme that acknowledges best practice in the UK’s museums has recognised all five of Leicester City Council’s museums.

New Walk Museum, Newarke Houses Museum, the Guildhall, the Abbey Pumping Station and the Jewry Wall Museum have been awarded full accreditation by the Arts Council England scheme – signifying that all five are managing their collections effectively, taking good care of their visitors, and planning properly for the future.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby presented the accreditation certificates to staff representing each of the five museums at a ceremony at New Walk Museum today (Wednesday).

Cllr Piara Singh Clair, assistant city mayor for culture, heritage, leisure and sport, said: “I am very proud that all five of our museums have, once again, reached the high standards set by the national accreditation scheme.

“This is a clear endorsement of the hard work that museums’ staff have put in.

“Their efforts ensure that we continue to improve the quality of our displays, while attracting touring exhibitions of national significance and providing a programme of events that are popular with visitors.

“Our collections are better cared for now than at any other time in their history – ensuring that people are able to enjoy them now, and that future generations will be able to enjoy them too.”

Visitor numbers to the city’s museums have increased steadily since the 1990s, with key attractions – such as the Richard III exhibition at the Guildhall and popular weekend events at the Abbey Pumping Station – boosting numbers over the past year.

Last year, a total of 462,525 people visited the city’s museums – up 32,000 on the previous year.

This summer, the new Arts & Craft Gallery, the refurbished Victorian Gallery, the first of a series of World War One displays, the exciting and interactive Eye for Colour exhibition, and the Sikh Fortress Turban exhibition – on loan from the British Museum – are expected to prove popular with visitors to New Walk Museum.

At Jewry Wall, a display about the history of archaeology in the city is a new attraction, while visitors to Abbey Pumping Station on 28-29 June will have a unique opportunity to see all four of its giant beam engines in steam as part of a special 50th anniversary vintage festival.

More information about what’s on at Leicester’s museums this summer is available at www.leicester.gov.uk/museums

The Arts Council England Accreditation Scheme has existed in its current format since 2004.

Accreditation lasts for three years, and covers standards including forward planning, collection care, volunteer involvement and visitor services.

Accreditation is a requirement for museums hoping to apply for many sources of public and private funding, such as the Heritage Lottery Fund

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