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Bridport Museum Wins Accreditation

Museum Volunteers

8:27am 4th July 2014

Bridport Museum has regained its full arts council accreditation following a new review.

The Arts Council awards the status for how staff look after collections, visitors and how well the organisation it's managed overall.

The Bridport Museum was first given full accreditation for its excellence in 2009.

Delighted staff say they're are now working on cataloguing 50,000 pieces in their collection, with the hope of holding on to their status in 3 years' time.

Curator Emily Hicks said : "We are delighted to have achieved Accreditation once again, as it feels like our hard work is acknowledged as being of a good standard. The only area they recommended for improvement was to deal with our backlog in documentation. We are already working hard on this- we estimate that there are over 50,000 items in our collection, so cataloguing each one is quite a task, and is primarily done by volunteers!"

There are currently about 1800 museums in the UK which are part of the Accreditation scheme, established in 1988.  Since then it has led the way in raising museum standards in the UK and has been used as a source of inspiration for similar schemes overseas.

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