The Beacon has once again achieved Museum Accreditation status.
The Accreditation Scheme sets nationally agreed standards for UK museums. To qualify, museums must meet standards on how they are managed, for the services they offer and on how they care for their collection of artefacts.
As part of the application, the panel reviewed all museum operations including management, customer services, marketing, finances, business plans, opportunities for lifelong learning, maintenance of the gallery and storage facility’s humidity and temperature levels, security measures and collection management procedures.
The standards for achieving and maintaining Museum Accreditation are constantly rising so it’s always great to know that we are meeting those standards and that we’re offering the best possible care for the museum collection. The whole museum collection numbers over 30,000 artefacts, all of which were either made or used in Copeland, and includes everything you can think of from paintings and Edwardian wedding dresses to picks used in the coal and iron mines. It’s an important role for The Beacon team to make sure that as well as enjoying and learning from the artefacts today, the collections are properly looked after so that future generations can do the same.