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CD1.To improve the standards of collections care and management within Northern Ireland’s museums.

CD2.To establish clear priorities amongst museums, both individually and collectively, for the development of their collections and the adequate protection of our heritage.

CD3.To develop the knowledge base on the objects and collections held in Northern Ireland’s museums.

CD4.To improve the quality of exhibitions and stimulate more partnerships between museums by way of increasing public access to objects and collections.

8.INFRASTRUCTURE, INVESTMENT AND RESOURCES

8.1In order to carry out its responsibilities effectively the museum sector requires sufficient investment and resources.  For its full and collective potential to be realised, an effective support structure needs to be in place to drive the cohesive, ‘joined up’ advancement of the sector. The sound governance and management is required and museums increasingly need to look at the sustainable use of resources and their capacity to develop streams of self-generated income.

8.2

These elements are best progressed through fostering a rational infrastructure of integrated museum services which would involve:

Ensuring the strategic co-ordination of museums and museum services, underpinned as appropriate with legislation;

Maintaining a rational and continuous programme of capital development;

Upholding high quality and consistent standards across the sector;

Clarifying what museums contribute to broader policy agendas across Government, both centrally and locally;

Embracing the principles of sustainable development; and

Using digital technologies to their full potential.

8.3The goals for Infrastructure, Investment and Resources (IIR) are:

IIR1.To strengthen the governance, management and leadership across the museums sector.

IIR2.To consolidate the Museum Accreditation Scheme as the sector standard and as the gateway to public funding.

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