Accreditation for town’s museum

20111028- Montrose Air Station visit. 'Angus Council's chief executive officer Richard Stiff and councillor Mark Salmond were given a tour of the heritage centre by chairman Alan Doe and curator Dan Paton. Alan, Richard, Mark and Dan are pictured by the Sopwith Camel biplane. ''"Andy Thompson Photography", '"Copyright Andy Thompson Photography", '"No use without payment", '"www.atimages.com",
20111028- Montrose Air Station visit. 'Angus Council's chief executive officer Richard Stiff and councillor Mark Salmond were given a tour of the heritage centre by chairman Alan Doe and curator Dan Paton. Alan, Richard, Mark and Dan are pictured by the Sopwith Camel biplane. ''"Andy Thompson Photography", '"Copyright Andy Thompson Photography", '"No use without payment", '"www.atimages.com",

LOCAL volunteers at the Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre have been praised for their success in applying for Museum Accreditation.

The centre houses a collection of artefacts, documents and images connected to the former RAF base at Broomfield, which mark its centenary in 2013 and it was formally accredited by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) in July.

The MLA sets nationally agreed standards for all museums in the UK. The award proves that the centre measures up to MLA standard, meeting the guidelines on how it is run, how it looks after its collections, and the services it provides for its visitors. It was helped with its application by Angus Council’s museum’s manager.

Local councillor Mark Salmond, the local authority’s appointed trustee for the centre, toured its facilities last week with council chief executive Richard Stiff and neighbourhood services director Ron Ashton.

He said: “The people who give their time and energy are of great importance in ensuring that visitors young and old enjoy the experience of touring the centre and learning about the history of the part which Montrose air base played in world wars one and two.”

He added: “I am delighted that, with professional support, grant aid and advice.”