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Midlands museums receive national accreditation

  • Date: 10 December 2013
  • Area: Midlands
The Collection: Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire

The Collection: Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire.

Six museums from across the Midlands have been awarded Full Accreditation as part of Arts Council England’s national Accreditation Scheme.

There are currently 1,743 museums participating in the Accreditation Scheme, which sets nationally agreed standards for museums in the UK. The Accreditation lasts for three years and defines the good practice and standards that help museums to be the best they can be, for current and future users.

Samuel Rowlands, Manager, Accreditation, Arts Council England said: “The Accreditation Scheme sets nationally agreed standards for museums across the UK and is an authoritative benchmark for assessing performance, rewarding achievement and driving improvement.

Arts Council England is committed to supporting excellence. By achieving Full Accreditation the participating museums have demonstrated they will manage their collection to the national standard for the enjoyment and benefit of both visitors and their local communities.

If you haven't seen what's going on inside a museum lately, why not make the time over the festive period. There is so much to see and do, I'm sure you'll be a regular visitor in no time.’

The six museums in the Midlands to be awarded Accreditation are:

The Collection has exhibitions for everyone, from the creative to the inquisitive. You can admire works by L.S. Lowry and J.M.W Turner or explore artefacts which tell the history of Lincolnshire from the Stone Age onwards.

This living museum reveals the social and cultural history of Lincolnshire from 1750 to the present day. Its exhibitions illustrate commercial, domestic, agricultural, industrial and community life.

From bricks to toilets to elaborate art pottery, at Sharpe’s Pottery Visitor Centre you can discover the history of South Derbyshire’s once thriving pottery industry.

Discover the rich history of Stamford at this interactive heritage display at Stamford Library. Filled with objects and pictures, the exhibition reveals how the people of Stamford have lived, worked and played and why for hundreds of years Stamford has attracted travellers from far and wide.

Gainsborough Old Hall is one of the best preserved medieval manor houses from the 1400s. Its rooms tell the story of some of England’s most famous monarchs, royals and aristocrats who stayed here more than 400 years ago.

Although the Northgate museum is closed during the winter months, if you want to know more about the history of the town over the generations, then it reopens to visitors at Easter. Explore the town’s heritage through Roman coins, archaeological finds, maps and paintings.