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Museum retains national quality mark
The Museum in the Park retains official tourist board's quality assurance mark
The District’s museum has been awarded the respected Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme Award (VAQAS), from official tourist board Visit England.
The scheme involves a comprehensive assessment of all aspects of the visitor experience, with a ‘mystery visitor’ from Visit England assessing the Museum in the Park from its website, its use of social media through to an actual visit. This year the ‘mystery visitor’ also included four children!
The assessment report noted that “The new Walled Garden space is stunning and adds an amazing new dimension to the museum, with its beautiful, well maintained plantings, and the new Pavilion learning centre.” The Museum retained an overall score of 83%, the assessor noted that “one of the highlights was the object handling session with the museum's curator. The museum was busy on the day of visit with families enjoying the many summer holiday events on offer”.
After another successful summer programme of events and exhibitions enjoyed by some 10,000 visitors, Kevin Ward, Museum Development Manager said "Alongside positive visitor feedback regarding the Museum, new Walled Garden and our Events Programme this award provides further evidence of the hard work by the Museum team to provide a local Museum that people can be proud of and want to visit".
Notes for editors
Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme
VAQAS was launched nationally in 2001. It is an objective consumer focussed quality assessment service for all types of visitor attractions. It helps to identify strengths of an attraction and highlights development areas based on industry examples. A wide range of attractions of all sizes, both large and small, throughout England have benefited from participation in the service.
Cathedral of Cloth: Celebrating 600 years of Ebley Mill
Thanks to a major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, visitors will be able to step back in time to the sights and sounds of Ebley Mill for a dramatic new exhibition at The Museum in the Park in February 2018.
December Deep Clean
It’s almost December and we’re once again getting that deep-clean feeling. The Museum will be closing its doors for 2017 from December 4, when we’ll be sprucing the place up for a reopening on New Year’s Day. Read on to find out more about exactly what we get up in this month of closing.
Walled Garden Highly Commended
We are delighted to announce that Austin Design Works have received an award from the Landscape Institute for the Walled Garden project, here at the Museum in the Park.
Museum work showcased
Some of the Museum's work has recently featured in two national reports.
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