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County museums get seal of approval following Visit England inspection

Three of Leicestershire’s most popular museums have been given top marks following inspections by national tourism body Visit England.

Three of Leicestershire’s most popular museums have been given top marks following inspections by national tourism body Visit England.

Charnwood, Harborough and Melton Carnegie museums all bettered their already high scores from the last time they were inspected in 2019. All three museums are run by Leicestershire County Council – with Charnwood being run in partnership with Charnwood Borough Council.

Melton Carnegie Museum scored an impressive 88%, up from 82% in 2019. The inspector’s report said: “First impressions of the magnificent building continue to be excellent, with the well-kept flowerbeds that included pumpkins to delight children during the October half term.

The report continued: “Visitors are greeted immediately on arrival and all the relevant information about the museum was provided by friendly and helpful staff.”

Other areas singled out for praise and rated excellent included the overall cleanliness of the museum, the multi-sensory children’s trail and the presentation and interpretation of the displays.

Charnwood Museum was given a score of 82%, an increase on the 80% it received two years ago. The report said: “Among a set of consistently good scores, the stronger aspects noted during this assessment were the overall cleanliness of the museum and facilities, the welcome and performance of the reception staff, the quality and maintenance of the gallery displays and the attractive museum shop.

It continued: “The range of content is impressive, encompassing much of local interest to a wide range of audiences and ages, with the temporary Market 800 exhibition being a particularly interesting and engaging feature.”

Harborough Museum scored 74%, up from 72% in 2019.  The inspector singled out the ‘exemplary’ standards of cleanliness, impressive range of content, well-presented displays and the knowledgeable team of staff for particular praise.

Our three market town museums are gems, which perfectly showcase the history and heritage of the communities they serve. I am delighted that the hard work of the staff and volunteers at Melton, Charnwood and Harborough Museums has been recognised by Visit England

Councillor Christine Radford, cabinet member for heritage, leisure and arts

More information about the three museums, including exhibitions and opening times, can be found on their websites:

www.meltonmuseum.org/

www.charnwoodmuseum.co.uk/

www.harboroughmuseum.org.uk/

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