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1.0              Introduction

Kildare County Council in association with The Heritage Council has commissioned this Audit of Museums and Public Collections in County Kildare to gain an overview of the sector in the county. The Audit also aims to assess the extent of museum collections in the county and the services offered by the participating organisations. An important aspect of the survey is the analysis of the needs and aspirations of these organisations and to suggest ways in which the Council can facilitate the development and progress of these important institutions.

Fifteen organisations have participated in this Audit of Museums and Heritage Venues, which range from small private collections on display to the public to larger collections, which are of national and international importance. Some organisations may not have the strong heritage collections but facilitate a living heritage as a venue for drama societies and local community groups to come together. Other form local and regional interpretive centres displaying the history and heritage of the county in graphic displays, supplemented by some important heritage objects. The Audit has identified a great variety of collections with objects, which are of local, regional, national and in some instances international significance. Some collections themselves are of international significance.

It is intended that the information gathered through this Audit will facilitate the development of policies within Kildare County Council, and its Heritage Office, for the care and welfare of important aspects of the county’s heritage.

It is also envisaged that this Audit will contribute to a fuller understanding of the diversity of the county’s heritage objects on public display. It may encourage the development of a co-ordinated approach to the support and training required by many of the organisations, helping them to work co-operatively for the long-term benefit of the whole sector. Such a network would support and complement the objectives of the Heritage Council’s Museum Standards Programme for Ireland.

This Audit was prepared between June and September 2006.

Audit of Museums in County Kildare Report

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