THE Rothe House Museum has received notification that it has achieved interim accreditation in the Museum Standards Programme of Ireland.
This puts it firmly on the way towards achieving final accreditation in the scheme run by the Heritage Council in conjunction with the National Museum.
Other bodies such as the Butler Gallery, the Hunt Museum and the Kerry Museum have achieved this interim status, but Rothe House Museum is the first voluntary museum to do so, according to Rothe House manager Roisin McQuillan.
The achievement is the result of several years’ work led by the Kilkenny Archaeological Society’s former honorary curator Emma Devine, followed up by new curator Rosemary Barnes.
Inspectors from the programme have examined elements such as the loans policy, disposal policy, signage and environmental conditions for display and storage of artefacts.
Displays of these artefacts and touring exhibitions are already being planned for summer 2012 in the MacDonagh Room (Gaelic Room) of the 17th-century merchant’s house.