MSPI Interim Accreditation Award

18 May 2020

What a great way to celebrate International Museums Day, #IMD2020, with the fantastic news that we have been awarded ‘Interim Accreditation under the Museums Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI)’ by the Heritage Council. The MSPI promotes professional standards in the care of collections in Irish museums and galleries, and this award recognises our achievement of those standards through accreditation.

This award acknowledges the work we do, and the support given to us by our parent body, Carlow County Council, and our founders, the Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society (CHAS). The process in achieving this accreditation is a lengthy and detailed one but is of enormous benefit to any museum that is involved in this process. The scheme has been operational for twenty-one years and we are the first Museum in Co. Carlow to join the scheme and to achieve this status.

The Staff of Carlow County Museum 2019/2020

The Staff of Carlow County Museum 2019/2020

The accessors in their report state that “Carlow County Museum has benefitted from a considered, and measured, development over many years. The Museum project complements Carlow County Council’s ongoing, and significant, commitment to a range of well-regarded cultural and heritage projects across the county, many of national significance.”

Also celebrating MSPI awards today are: Cork Public Museum, Glebe House & Gallery OPW, IFI The Irish Film Archive, Kilmainham Gaol OPW, Little Museum of Dublin, Hunt Museum, The Shackleton Museum (formerly Athy Heritage Centre-Museum), Fota House, Irish Heritage Trust, Waterford Treasures: Bishop’s Palace and Waterford Treasures: Medieval Museum. Congratulations to everybody!

You can read more about the MSPI standards and accreditation here.

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Carlow Wins National Heritage Week Award

6th February 2020

The Heritage Council’s Heritage Week 2019 Awards took place today and Carlow County Museum, Myshall Muintir na Tíre and the Myshall Community Centre won “Le Cheile san Eorap Award” for the event: “St Columbanus and the Making of Europe”. Continue reading

Historical Research

If you are looking to do research, we at the Museum are always happy to help however we can. Our contact details can be found here.

The below links may be of help in your research on County Carlow.

Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society


The Carlow Historical & Archaeological Society (CHAS) was formed in 1946 when a small group of local enthusiasts came together to establish a forum through which the study of local history might be encouraged.

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CHAS History Project Winners

On Wednesday 27th March 2019 the  Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society held their annual History Project Competition. Entries were received from primary school children all across County Carlow.


Pictured L-R: Pat O’ Neill, President of CHAS; Reuben McCarthy (Third Prize); Kate Somers (First Prize); Kevin McKeon (Second Prize); and Richard Codd, CHAS Committee Member, and Chair of Judging Committee.

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