Harlow Museum and Walled Gardens receives top award

Entertainment / Tue 20th Feb 2024 at 08:05am

HARLOW Museum & Walled Gardens has received full accreditation status, a UK-wide industry standard for well-run museums and galleries.

The accreditation means that Harlow Museum & Walled Gardens operate to professional standards, care for their collections, and make them accessible to visitors. The benchmark is administered by Arts Council England on behalf of the UK Accreditation Partnership.

Accreditation opens up exciting funding opportunities, allows museums to host touring exhibitions and gives access to professional advice and support. It also gives confidence to donors and sponsors who may wish to support the museum in preserving heritage and inspiring future generations.

Accreditation covers museums of all types and sizes – from the smallest volunteer-run museums to national museums – and more than 1,700 museums are currently taking part in the scheme across the UK.

Harlow Museum is a service provided by Harlow Council. This achievement has only been possible due to the museum’s staff commitment, endurance and the passionate support of the museum volunteers.

Councillor John Steer, Harlow Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Community, said:

“We are very proud of our museum and the work that Corrina and the team has carried out to secure accreditation status. Being nationally acknowledged by this scheme is valuable for Harlow and this award confirms the museum’s responsible way in managing, conserving, and displaying stories for local people to learn from and enjoy. Accreditation status will be used as a solid foundation for supporting the museum’s future extension and the long-term plan for enhancing the service.”

Emmie Kell, Director Museums and Cultural Property at Arts Council England said:

“We’re delighted that Harlow Museum & Walled Gardens has been successful in gaining their Accreditation status. This means that their Collections will be looked after and maintained offering inspiration, enjoyment and learning for the local community and visitors to enjoy now and in the future.”

More information about the Accreditation scheme can be found at: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/supporting-arts-museums-and-libraries/uk-museum-accreditation-scheme

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