National accolade for House of Dun

The House of Dun, one of eight NTS properties to achieve MLA accreditation.
The House of Dun, one of eight NTS properties to achieve MLA accreditation.

STAFF at House of Dun are “over the moon” that years of work have paid off for the property to achieve an important national accolade.

It has been officially accredited by Museums Galleries Scotland and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), recognising that the highest standards of care and best practice are applied to the attraction.

The Museum Accreditation Scheme sets nationally agreed standards for all museums in the UK and the house is now officially recognised as meeting the industry-wide guidelines on how it is run, how it looks after its collections and the services it provides its visitors.

It houses a fine collection of china, clocks as well as some of the finest paintings and furniture in the National Trust for Scotland’s (NTS) ownership from the Hutchison and Stirling collections including works by Scottish Colourists Peploe and Eardley.

It is one of eight National Trust for Scotland properties to secure accreditation recently.

The achievement is the culmination of five or six years’ hard work by the house and wider National Trust for Scotland staff to meet the scheme’s exacting standards.

Property manager John McKenna said the award is a credit to all who have been involved.

He said: “We’re over the moon. It’s a compliment to all the staff as it has been a real group effort, and we’ve had worked with a team from head office from curatorial staff and conservators who have looked at the whole logic of what we’re doing with the property and the collection.

“It’s a really exciting project to get involved with. We had provisional accreditation for a while and once you get that there is a whole raft of work to do, with an A to Z checklist of everything that’s going on in the property.

“To get provisional accreditation is like going to the moon, and to get full accreditation is like going to Mars and it makes sure everything we’re doing is in line with industry expectations.

“This is a fantastic achievement for the house which holds one of Scotland’s most precious collections. While we may not be what springs to mind when people think of a museum because our items are displayed in the context of our fine interiors, we are proud to be meeting industry standards in this area.”

The house and staff have also been commended for their work by MLA chairman Andrew Motion.

He said: “Being awarded accreditation is an impressive achievement. It recognises the high standard and service that the House of Dun provides and acknowledges the hard work of the staff.”

The House of Dun is open Wednesday until Sunday from 12 noon to 5pm until October 31.