Both Callendar House and Kinneil Museum have retained their Accredited Museum status. The Accreditation Scheme is a voluntary scheme that sets nationally agreed standards for museums in the UK. It is a baseline quality standard that helps to guide museums to be the best they can be for current and future museum users. There are currently 249 Museums in Scotland which hold the Accreditation Standard, ranging from large national institutions to small volunteer-run museums. As such, Callendar House and Kinneil Museum are delighted to be in the company of Aberdeen Art Gallery, Brodick Castle, Museum of Edinburgh and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, to name but a few.
Lesley O’Hare, Culture and Libraries Manager said “We are delighted to have retained our accreditation. We have found this process invaluable in helping us focus on meeting current museum users’ needs and interests and also assisting us in our planning for the future, so that generations to come can enjoy our unique collections.”
Callendar House, includes the Park Gallery and 2nd Floor Galleries and sits amidst the stunning backdrop of Callendar Park. It also boasts a fully accredited Archives section, an Education Suite as well as a bustling Tearoom.
Currently showing until 15 October in the Park Gallery is Workhorse: The Clydesdales of Flanders Moss - a collection of evocative photographs by Michael Prince. Up in the 2nd Floor Galleries until 29 October is Roman Frontiers: The Antonine Wall in Falkirk, which features a full scale representation of the frontier barrier on the Antonine Wall plus some items on display for the very first time.
Kinneil Museum is located in the 17th century stable building of Kinneil House. On its ground floor is the story of Bo'ness town, built on Roman remains, once identified with maritime trade and industry, and now valued for its architecture and its remarkable annual Fair. The upper floor gallery serves as an interpretation centre for Kinneil Estate, which contains part of the Antonine Wall World Heritage Site and one of its fortlets and a section of the John Muir Way opened in 2014.