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IIR3.To ensure the equitable and sustainable provision of high quality museum services across Northern Ireland and maximise their levels of support and income.

IIR4.To clarify how and what museums, both individually and collectively, contribute to local and central government objectives.

IIR5.To ensure that local museums, especially the voluntary and independent museums, have adequate and effective guidance and support.

IIR6.To maintain an up-to-date intelligence on the sector in support of the development of policy and strategy.

IIR7.To maximise the use of digital technologies to enhance museums and the services they offer.


9.1Culture and identity are important facets of life in Northern Ireland. We have a rich, diverse and vibrant culture of which we can be proud.  Museums can help us to establish a sense of personal, community and national identity. They can help us understand our interdependencies with other cultural identities as well as the differences, complexities and contradictions. On that basis, museums can also correct misunderstandings and dispel myths.

9.2It is important that museum collections and exhibitions reflect local identities and are responsive to the cultural rights of people and communities.  As Northern Ireland becomes a more diverse and multi-cultural society, museums can help to document and explain our past, our customs and our traditions as well as helping us to understand the journeys that others have made.

9.3Culture is important.  It is one of the things that define us as a people and it is one of the things that bind us together as a community. Around the world there is a growing recognition of the cultural rights and the cultural entitlement of individuals and communities. Museums have an important role to play in these matters.

9.4The goals for Cultural Rights are:

CR1. To ensure museums have access to and an understanding of legislation, treaties and declarations relating to cultural rights.

CR2.To ensure museum collections and exhibitions are considerate to the cultural rights of people and communities.

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