The Ruskin Museum, Coniston is very proud and delighted to announce that followingits recent Arts Council England Accreditation Review, the continuation of the Museum’s Full Accreditation Status has been confirmed.

Staff are delighted to have secured this accolade, the British ‘Gold’ Standard for Museums, which involved professional peer assessment of the Museum’s purpose, vision, collections care and management, environmental monitoring, visitor experience and satisfaction levels, interpretation and learning, and financial sustainability.

The Museum Team and Trustees have all worked exceptionally hard to make this happen and were overjoyed when the news came through. Mary Ann Lancaster, Museum Curator said “We have a wonderful team at the Ruskin Museum. Full accreditation, and this award is never down to just one or two people but to months and years of continued hard work by the whole team, working together, working in partnership, giving of their best and always aiming high. We have now joined an illustrious group alongside, locally, Tullie House Museum & Arts Trust, Lakeland Arts Trust, and Wordsworth Trust, Dove Cottage & Museum, and nationally the British Museum and the V & A”.

Mary Ann joined the team in October 2018 as Joint Curator with Vicky Slowe, Museum Director, and has been largely responsible for submitting the ‘comprehensive documentation’ required. Vicky praised her for the enthusiasm and professional skills throughout the process.

Vicky went on to explain that ‘the Ruskin Museum’s redevelopment scheme in the late 1990s aimed to meet the best standards of collections care, and we were delighted to be awarded full registration in 1999. That status has been reviewed regularly since and we are now very pleased that through our ongoing endeavour the latest review has resulted in Full Accreditation. The Arts Council England Accreditation Panel stated that “Full Accreditation is very well deserved”’.

Anne Hall MBE, Chairman of the Coniston Institute and Ruskin Museum Trust offered her grateful thanks to all the members of staff along with the Trustees for all the hard work they put into ‘our local museum’. “We are so very proud this work has been recognised by Arts Council England”.

The Ruskin Museum would like to thank the Arts Council England Accreditation Team and Museum Development North West for their continued support and confidence in the Museum.

The Ruskin Museum set in the heart of Coniston is full of fascinating displays telling the many stories of Coniston. This small Lake District Village has lots of heritage to share. Visitors will discover the history of the Village, its diverse industrial heritage including copper mining, slate quarrying, farming and lace making, its famous Coniston Heroes: John Ruskin; Donald Campbell; Arthur Ransome and of course James Hewitson Coniston’s very own VC.

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