Museum Standards

In 2018 Kerry Writers’ Museum (KWM) was awarded Full Accreditation in the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI). This Programme, an initiative of the Heritage Council of Ireland, aims to benchmark and raise professional standards in the museum sector. A voluntary programme, it has attracted involvement from across the cultural spectrum, from national institutions to small volunteer-led organisations.

About the Museum Standards

There are thirty-four standards, divided into seven categories: Constitution and Policies; Museum Management; Caring for Collections; Documenting the Collection; Exhibition; Education; Visitor Care and Access. Twenty-five of the standards are interim and nine are full. An application for interim accreditation takes three years to complete, while full accreditation takes five years. Two Assessors, drawn from a panel of senior museum professionals based in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK, review each museum’s written application, conduct a site visit and submit a written report and recommendation to the Programme’s Advisory Group. This is reviewed by the Heritage Council before the awarding of accreditation.

Assessor’s Report on KWM 2018

This excellent Museum is a relative rarity in Ireland as it is devoted to the literary heritage whereas most of our museums are devoted to historic heritage or the visual arts. KWM concentrates in particular on five key writers of local origin but national reputation.

In 2016, KWM applied for Interim Accreditation. An excellent application was then submitted also. The Museum then enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to progress to “Full” and exceeded its own date targets in their Strategic Plan in that regard. All of this work was undertaken by a small, multi-tasking staff which is to be congratulated on their professionalism and ambition.

KWM will apply for Maintenance of Full Accreditation in 2021. More details on the Museum Standards Programme can be found at www.heritagecouncil.ie