The RCPI Heritage Centre has received Interim Accreditation in the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland at a special ceremony hosted by the Heritage Council in Dublin Castle.
This is a significant achievement for the Heritage Centre, particularly as it is relatively new. It was established in 2010 to bring together its vast and rich archives, library collections and other artefacts.
The award marks a stepping stone to full accreditation which Harriet Wheelock, RCPI Keeper of Collections will be submitting in September of this year.
Harriet said, “I’m delighted the Heritage Centre has achieved Interim Museum Accreditation. It’s a great reflection of the value the College has for its heritage and the support for the Heritage Centre. I’d like to thank Dr Paul Darragh, Dun’s Librarian, and all the members of the RCPI Library and Heritage Committee for their help and support during the application.”
The Museum Standards Programme for Ireland is run by the Heritage Council and aims to improve professional standards in the museums sector. Other museums to receive accreditation in various categories include Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, The Little Museum of Dublin, Galway City Museum, Highlanes Gallery in Drogheda and Rathfarnham Castle.
RCPI is one of a very few medical colleges worldwide that can trace its origins to the mid-17th Century. The College has been acquiring collections since its early foundation, confirmed in a Royal charter of William & Mary, dating from 1692.
All of the College archives and collections were brought together as a single collection in 2010 and Harriet Wheelock was appointed Keeper of Collections.
The Heritage Council has stated, "The professionalism displayed is evident and the keeper and the College are to be congratulated on the tremendous pace of development since that decision and the initial assessment in 2014.
"At the first Assessor site-visit, it was noted that the Museum had made great progress in improving the care and management of the collections since the appointment of a Keeper of Collections, following the decision to establish a Heritage Centre in 2010. That work has clearly continued apace and both assessors were very impressed by the level of engagement with the Museum Standards Programme of Ireland by the Keeper and by members of the College Council. The mission of the College is deeply ingrained in all and the passion for the role of the College and the part its collections can play in public wellbeing and also its interrelationship with the history of Ireland since its foundation, which was eloquently espoused by the President and lies at the core of the institution.
"The Heritage Centre has made exemplary progress and has demonstrated a sound understanding of the Standards across the board and this has been particularly evident, especially in policy formulation and Collections care."
Harriet is Keeper of Collection and manages the RCPI Heritage Centre. Contact Harriet with any questions about the Heritage Centre, its collection and to make an appointment to visit.