Staff at the almonry Heritage Centre are celebrating after the museum received official accreditation by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA).
“The MLA Council Accreditation scheme sets nationally agreed standards for museums in the UK …” (quote from MLA website) and the grant of accreditation is a measure of how the museum is run, looks after its collections and the services it provides to its visitors. The Almonry was recognized for its unique collection of artifacts and records detailing the history of Evesham and The Vale and is currently completing a new exhibition about the development of the town during the Industrial Revolution.
The Almonry achieved full accreditation status in December, after many months of hard work putting together a portfolio of evidence for the Museums Libraries and Archives Council. Tonia Byrd, manager of the Almonry, said that the awards recognized the efforts and dedication of her team of staff as well as the support of the volunteers of the Vale of Evesham Historical Society.
This award means that not only is the Almonry meeting the expected requirements of MLA, but it is operating to the same basic standards as much bigger institutions (the Almonry now has the same level of accreditation as the Victoria & Albert Museum in London) with a fraction of the staff.
“This opens up a new, exciting era for the Heritage Centre and proves to everyone involved that their work is invaluable in keeping the Almonry a vital part of Evesham’s landscape. Whilst ultimately recognition of our hard work is always rewarding, it is not the end of the story: the process will be repeated in 2011 to ensure that we keep up to those same standards and continue to take the Almonry forward.” Tonia Byrd, manager of The Almonry Museum & Heritage Centre
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