Tring & District Local History Museum – Acquires Accreditation

Congratulations to The Tring & District Local History Museum who have just achieved Full Accreditation. We know to well how hard the process is, so well done to the team.  The following article was written thank to Ernesto the curator of Tring Local History Museum.

After many months of preparation and an in-depth review meeting with Arts Council England, Tring & District Local History Museum (T&DLHM) achieved its “Full Accreditation” in December 2021.

For those not fully aware, this is the UK industry standard for all museums and galleries irrespective of size. The benefits this brings to a museum are many but one that is important to every museum is that once accreditation is achieved, that museum is qualified to borrow items from other museums, including the big ones such as the British Museum in London.  It allows us to now to plan to display objects relevant to Tring but that are not in our own collection. Examples might be:

  • The famous Tring Tiles. We currently have very good replicas of the British Museum’s tiles on display, but not those in the V&A Museum.
  • The lithograph by J.C. Bourne of the construction of the Tring cutting in 1837, at the National Portrait Gallery in London. We have only a modest print of this on display.
  • The bronze Roman helmet discovered during the construction of the Grand Junction Canal near Tring, currently on display at the British Museum.
  • Paintings of the Aldbury area by Peter de Wint, at Tate Britain, The Collection in Lincoln, and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Oxford.
  • Paul Nash’s painting of Ivinghoe Beacon, Wood on the Downs, in a gallery in Aberdeen
  • The 1820s sketches of Fanny Smith (sister of Charlotte, whose sketchbook we have), at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.

Being accredited places us in a very strong position to apply for grants. These are imperative for museums to obtain relevant objects when they appear on sale at auctions, antique shops or on the internet.  And then to apply for further grants to have these objects restored and correctly displayed.

A key requirement for Accreditation is to have in place a long term plan. All of the above are included in our plan, but our most ambitious proposal is to extend our museum so as to improve our reception and shop facilities, build an education room for visiting groups and a local studies library, as well as curatorial facilities and archival storage.  It would free up space in the existing building, enabling us to increase our display area

Tring & District Local History & Museum Society came into being in 1994 as part of a desire to ensure that the history and identity of the district was maintained and shared.  From the first, it aspired to open a museum.  As the society became established and its collection of historical photographs, documents and objects grew it became apparent that we should seek a location to display these. In 2006 the former office of Tring Market Auctions was leased from the Town Council, and with their help and the aid of the Heritage Lottery Fund it was converted into our impressive museum, which opened in September 2010.

When you consider that T&DLHM is run entirely by volunteers it is an outstanding achievement to have our museum in the company of all the other accredited museums in the UK. Of course it does not end there; the trustees now have the responsibility and challenge of maintaining this high standard, which we certainly intend to do.

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The Dacorum Heritage Trust Ltd.

The Museum Store, Clarence Road, Berkhamsted, Herts HP4 3YL

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Registered in England No. 2851313 | Registered Charity No. 1026161 | Accredited Museum No. 1594 | Status: Fully accredited museum.