Museum earns national recognition
A museum that cares for South Ribble's historical heritage has earned national recognition.
South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre in Leyland has gained the seal of approval through Arts Council England's new accreditation scheme.
The scheme acts as a benchmark, setting nationally agreed standards for museums in the UK that can demonstrate their commitment to managing collections effectively for the enjoyment and benefit of users.
Accreditation is designed to help museums improve how they are run through effective forward planning, balancing aspects of collection management and being responsive to visitors' needs and expectations.
Councillor Phil Smith, South Ribble Borough Council's cabinet member with responsibility for regeneration, leisure and healthy communities, said: "I'm delighted we have again been recognised under the Arts Council accreditation scheme, which demonstrates South Ribble has a first rate museum service. I'd also like to thank our dedicated team of around 60 volunteers who give up their spare time to help run the museum."
South Ribble Museum is based in a former grammar school building dating back to Tudor times, and houses collections and displays reflecting the archaeological, industrial and social history of the borough. As well as collecting and conserving historical items relating to South Ribble, the museum also aims to increase public understanding and enjoyment of the borough's cultural heritage.
The museum also hosts a wide-ranging programme of events and talks, such as The Golden Age of the Steam Railway exhibition, currently running until 2 February. Forthcoming events include the Lancashire Monochrome photographic exhibition from 5 February to 2 March, and South Ribble High Schools art exhibition from 5-26 March.
The museum is on Church Road, Leyland, PR25 3FJ, and is open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am-4pm, Thursdays 1pm-4pm, and Saturdays 10am-1pm. Admission is free.
Last updated: 14 May 2013