Four collections gain Designation - Museums Association

Four collections gain Designation

Awards made under pilot programme to refocus the scheme
Mariana Cerqueira
Four museum collections have been awarded Designation status as part of an Arts Council England (ACE) pilot programme to refocus the award.

Designation, which recognises collections of national and international significance at non-national museums, libraries and archives in England, closed to applications in July 2013 to allow ACE to review the scheme.

The aim of the pilot programme is to refocus Designation on its founding principles of “quality and national significance”. The scheme will reopen next spring.

The four collections awarded Designation were the London's Linnean Society collections, the ss Great Britain in Bristol and two in the Midlands – the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust’s collection in Gaydon, Warwickshire, and the Lace Machinery and Collections at Nottingham City Museums & Galleries.

A statement from the arts council said that the four collections were awarded the distinction because they met the high standards of “significance and quality” in which the scheme wants to focus on when it reopens.

“These organisations were able to provide very helpful feedback on the new process, which will be fed into the relaunch of the scheme,” ACE said.

The scheme has invested £32m in Designated collections since it was set up in 1997. There are 144 Designated collections in England.

ACE also announced the appointment of Hadrian Ellory-van Dekker as the chairman of the Museum Accreditation Committee. Dekker is the head of collections at the Science Museum and a member of the Science Museum management team.

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