Accredit where it's due!
Mansfield Museum has been accredited by the Museums Libraries and Archives Council (MLA).
This is the second accolade of the summer for the Museum, which was also awarded the title of Museum of the Year at the Nottinghamshire Renaissance Heritage Awards in July.
The MLA's Museum Accreditation Scheme sets nationally agreed standards for all museums in the UK. Mansfield Museum's award proves that it measures up, meeting the guidelines on how it is run, how it looks after its collections and the services it provides its visitors.
Councillor Kate Allsop, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration at Mansfield District Council said: "This accreditation, following so soon after winning the title of Museum of the Year, is a clear indication of the excellent facilities on offer to visitors at Mansfield Museum."
"The Museum is a wonderful facility owned and maintained by the District Council and my thanks go to our Museum staff, who have made this possible."
Mark Wood, Chair of MLA said: "Being awarded Accreditation is an impressive achievement. It recognises the high standards and service that Mansfield Museum provides and acknowledges the hard work of the staff."
The Museum is currently hosting the Baily Bros. exhibition, which runs until 1 November 2008. This is a chance to see household goods bought in the town since the Museum's opening in 1904.
The exhibits range from early phonographs to memory joggers like our teasmaids, displayed in a retro setting reminiscent of mid-twentieth century shops.
So whether you wish to re-capture your own past or to catch a glimpse of shopping before the invasion of the mall, there's a fascinating hour to be spent amongst the pick of the Museum's social history collection.