Kettering museum accreditation is welcomed

Kettering's Manor House Museum
Kettering's Manor House Museum

Kettering Museum and Art Gallery has retained its accredited museum status.

It was one of around 1,800 other attractions participating in the accreditation scheme, which sets agreed standards for museums in the UK.

To be accredited, the museum, which comprises the Manor House Museum and the Alfred East Art Gallery, had to demonstrate its commitment to managing collections effectively for the enjoyment and benefit of visitors.

It also had to demonstrate it complies with standards relating to how the museum is governed and managed, how it provides services and facilities for visitors to the museum, and how it cares for its collections.

The scheme was established in 1988 and is administered by Arts Council England.

Kettering Museum and Art Gallery first achieved registered status in 1989 and has continued to maintain its accredited status ever since.

Valerie Hitchman, Kettering Borough Council’s head of community services, said: “The renewed accredited status that Kettering’s museum and Alfred East art gallery have retained demonstrates the quality of service that is on offer. The museum and art gallery

really are wonderful community assets and are there for everyone to enjoy, with general entry to both venues offered free of charge.”

Cllr Christopher Lamb, portfolio holder for community and culture said: “The award emphasises the fantastic service available to the local community and reflects the hard work of the museum and gallery staff and their continued dedication to the scheme. If you haven’t been to the art gallery or museum in Kettering before, it is definitely worth having a look!”