Borough's museums continue to make history at NI awards

Three of the borough's museums, including council's Mid-Antrim Museum, have been recognised at a nationwide awards ceremony.

The Accreditation Scheme sets nationally agreed standards for museums in the UK. It defines good practice and identifies agreed standards, thereby encouraging development. It is a baseline quality standard that helps guide museums to be the best they can be, for current and future users.

Carrickfergus' Flame Gasworks Museum, and Whitehead Railway Museum also maintained their accreditation and remain among some of the borough's most unique tourist attractions.

There are currently just under 1,800 museums participating in the scheme across the UK. In Northern Ireland there are 43 Accredited Museums; 20 Local Authority Museums; 13 Independent Museums; 7 National Trust Museums and 3 National Museums.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr Lindsay Millar said: "I'm so proud of all of our local museums for maintaining their accreditations. They all offer an invaluable service to the people of the borough. Museums play such an important part in treasuring and sharing our rich history for future generations.

"Well done to all the staff and volunteers for their hard work. This proves that Mid and East Antrim truly is a place with plenty to see and do. I would encourage everyone to visit each of these fantastic tourist attractions and learn about the events of the past which have helped shape Mid and East Antrim today."

Tríona White Hamilton, Accreditation Adviser and Assessor at Northern Ireland Museums Council said: "We are delighted that our local museums' commitment to governance, collections care and visitor experience has ensured their maintenance of the Accreditation Standard. We hope that this will enable the continued development of these museums as valued resources for both visitors and the local community. Accreditation is a national standard which gives confidence to all stakeholders."

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