The Irish Jewish Museum Receives Recognition For High Standards Under The Heritage Council Museum Standards Programme For Ireland (MSPI)

Announcement Date: July 2, 2014

On Wednesday, 2nd July 2014 the Irish Jewish Museum (IJM) was recognised for high standards in the management of its Museum, the care of its collection and its visitor services by the Heritage Council of Ireland under the “Museum Standards Programme for Ireland” (MSPI).

Michael Starrett, (Chief Executive of the Heritage Council) stated: “This programme is the only one of its kind in Ireland which focuses on improving the standard of care for collections across Irish Museums and Galleries. Although a voluntary programme, it is valued within the industry with 56 Museums taking part in the accreditation process, 24 of which have achieved Full Accreditation to date. Each of these museums has been working towards this award for a number of years. This achievement reflects their hard work and signals to visitors that the Museum they are visiting is one of high standards.”

The Irish Jewish Museum joined the programme in 2010. This Museum, which is entirely dependent on volunteers, was awarded Interim Accreditation by MSPI whose assessors stated:  

“The Museum is to be congratulated on the enormous steps that have been taken towards meeting the Accreditation standard. Museums with permanent full-time professional staff do not find the process easy and this must be doubly so for a volunteer-led Museum drawing on the resources of volunteers with multiple calls on their time. Working with a very small group of volunteers and limited resources, the Irish Jewish Museum has made major strides in not only addressing the Interim requirements of MSPI – but also refreshing the displays on the first floor; improving the conservation care and display of textile base artefacts; and resolving the very poor storage conditions for items not on display. It is excellent to note that members of the management committee and trustees have all played a part in transforming the Museum to date. Advice has been sought from Museum and Conservation professionals in Ireland, UK and Holland and the concerted effort across the organisation to make best use of the advice bodes well for the Museum’s future development.”

The MSPI aims to benchmark and raise minimum standards in the Museum sector. This voluntary programme has attracted involvement from across the cultural spectrum – from National institutions to small, volunteer-led organisations. An application for interim accreditation takes three years to complete. When first launched in 2006, the programme had 12 participants; today there are 56 Museums participating in the programme. The IJM appointed Carol Briscoe as its project manager for the eligibility process and subsequently for the accreditation application. Three years of intensive work followed in order that the IJM would meet the criteria required by MSPI.

The IJM recalls with gratitude the great work of the late Curator, Raphael Siev who maintained the Museum and its collection and planned its future through many years. Also, it acknowledges the foresight of the late Chairmen Judge Henry Barron, the late honorary president Mr Asher Siev and Ms Carol Briscoe, which led to the initiation of this process which has culminated today in IJM being awarded interim accreditation by MSPI under the IJM Chairmanship of Mr Moti Neuman.

The Irish Jewish Museum acknowledges with deep gratitude and appreciation all those, (too numerous to mention), who assisted it in reaching this moment.

For the Speech by the Chairman of the Heritage Council, Mr. Conor Newman, at the Council’s Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI) awards ceremony on Wednesday 2nd July 2014- press here.