The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht today, issued the following statement:
Minister Humphreys boosts funding to increase sharing of national collections.
Forum considers loans between Cultural Institutions and Irish museum sector
The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, announced that she is increasing funding to facilitate the sharing of collections between the National Cultural Institutions and the Irish museum network. The Minister was speaking as she opened a forum on the issue being held in the National Gallery of Ireland by the Museum Standards Programme of Ireland.
The Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI) benchmarks and promotes professional standards in collections care and to recognise the achievement of those standards within the Irish museum sector.
Speaking this morning Minister Humphreys said:
“I wholeheartedly believe we should be doing all we can to facilitate loans and improve the mobility of collections within museums in Ireland. By working together in this way, we can ensure that museums benefit and, crucially, that the public benefits.
“My Department provides direct financial support to facilitate the movement and loaning of collections to local and regional Museums through the Mobility of Collections Scheme. The scheme allows local and regional museums to discharge some or all of the costs associated with taking valuable items on loan from our National Cultural Institutions. I have a great appreciation for the benefits of this Scheme, so I was pleased to be in a position to increase the funding from €10,000 in 2014, to €40,000 this year.
“The funding helps to cover the cost of transportation, insurance and exhibiting the pieces. Last year, museums in Cavan, Cork, Drogheda, Limerick, Sligo and Waterford benefitted under the scheme. It is essential that museums – both national and local – take an open and collaborative approach to their collections.
“I am very pleased to see our National Cultural Institutions and representatives from regional and county museums coming together today to look at ways to better facilitate loans across the museum sector. A strong museum infrastructure in Ireland is of benefit to the arts, our tourism, social inclusion and the overall well-being of our cities, towns and communities.
“Local museums are wonderful assets. They are repositories of our national story, they safeguard and promote our heritage and they give visitors a glimpse of what life was like 50, 100 or more than 1,000 years ago. By better facilitating loans from the Cultural Institutions we can enhance the collections at local and regional museums and improve the visitor experience. Through this forum today I hope practical ideas and reasonable solutions can be arrived upon to increase the movement of collections throughout our museums network.”