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Leicestershire's museums recognised by the industry

Leicestershire’s museums have been nationally recognised.

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, Donington Le Heath Manor House, Harborough, Melton Carnegie and Charnwood museums have been accredited by Arts Council England.

The accreditation covers all of Leicestershire County Council’s museums, including those run with partners, and will last for three years.

Councillor Richard Blunt, cabinet member for museums, said: “Achieving accreditation again is a testament to all of the staff and volunteers who help us to run our museums.

“The importance of partnership working cannot be underestimated, I would like to thank all the partners involved in the runningof our museums and hopeto build on this as we work to make our service fit for the future.”

Councillor Hilary Fryer, Cabinet Member for Open Spaces and Leisure at Charnwood Borough Council said: “It’s fantastic that Charnwood Museum has once again been recognised by Arts Council England.

“The museum is attracting more people each year and we have an ongoing commitment to provide a wide range of cultural facilities and attractions for our residents and visitors.”

A Harborough District Council spokesman said: “Since its redevelopment a few years ago the museum has thrived as a modern, dynamic and much-visited community space, boasting exhibits of local and international importance, so it is particularly pleasing that this has been recognised by the Arts Council.

“We are delighted to have been able to play a key role in supporting Harborough Museum and continue to do so.”

The accreditation is a national quality standard and looks at all aspects of running a museum, from the quality of the visitor experience to how the collections are cared for. There are currently more than 1,700 museums participating in the voluntary scheme across the UK, of all shapes and sizes.

Further details on Leicestershire’s museums is available here