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John Johnston, collections officer, ANGUSalive and Kirsten Couper, museum officer, Signal Tower Museum, stand proudly with the certificate for the Arbroath museum, flanked by the site's latest attraction, the Lens Room.

Quality Standard for ANGUSalive Museums

Published: Thursday 16 August 2018

ANGUSalive, the culture, sports and leisure trust for Angus, is pleased to announce that all five of the charity's museums have been awarded full Accreditation status following a review by Museums Galleries Scotland, the Accreditation Scheme assessor for museums in Scotland.

Arbroath's Signal Tower Museum, Montrose Museum, Brechin Town House Museum, Kirriemuir's Gateway to the Glens Museum and the Meffan Museum & Art Gallery, Forfar have all been qualified by the scheme, which sets national standards for museums.

To meet the quality standard requirements, museums and art galleries must meet set requirements in governance and management, collections care and documentation and demonstrate that they have a high standard of information and services on offer to visitors, as well as providing adequate accessible facilities.

The voluntary Accreditation Scheme celebrates its thirtieth anniversary in 2018 and is regarded as one of the most innovative and effective developments in the museum sector. It is also a source of inspiration for similar schemes overseas.

Jenny Youngson, quality assurance manager at Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS), said:

"As the managers of the Accreditation Scheme in Scotland, MGS is pleased to see such a strong standard being maintained in ANGUSalive's museums. We hope this stamp of approval will encourage locals and visitors to discover the amazing facilities and collections on their doorsteps in Angus."

John Johnston, collections officer, ANGUSalive said:

"As a charity, having all five of our museums accredited gives us access to specialist funding support from Museums Galleries Scotland, which is crucial to both the development and performance of our collection, museums and exhibitions. This achievement also demonstrates the high standards of museum practice in all ANGUSalive museums - pop in today and meet the teams to discover the treasures of Angus!"

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