The Chair and Director of the Irish Museums Association met with the Joint Committee on Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht on Wednesday, 12 December 2018, to discuss the development of regional and local museums. Also in attendance were representatives from The Heritage Council, LAMN, and National Museum of Ireland.
The meeting discussed the existing and required supports and resources to the over 140 museums located across Ireland which have a regional or local remit. It served to highlight not only the development of these in the past two decades as highlighted by the Irish Museums Association's research and survey reports, but also the necesary steps that would serve to place these museums, and the collections that they hold, in a more stable position. The Irish Museums Association also advocated for further continued professional development opportunities for staff working in these type of museums and the importance of a strong network that works across disciplines and sectors to ensure a fluid dialogue among larger and smaller museums.
"Constructive partnerships are at the heart of museum organisations' practice. By pooling resources through the sharing of skills and expertise, museums have been able to deliver strategic value and provide enriched programmes and visitors experiences", said Gina O'Kelly, Director of the Irish Museums Association.
Click here to view a recording of the meeting.