Newark Air Museum gains national quality standard

Newark Air Museum based on the Winthorpe Showground near Newark has just been officially 'Accredited' by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA).

As one of the UK's largest volunteer managed aviation museums, Newark Air Museum's sixty-eight aircraft and cockpit sections cover the history of aviation. The aircraft on display include 10 (ten) National Benchmark aircraft; 29 (twenty-nine) Significant aircraft and 19 (nineteen) Noteworthy aircraft as listed in the National Aviation Heritage Register. In addition the aircraft the museum displays a diverse display of aviation artefacts; a collection of more than thirty aero engines; and is home to an extensive photographic archive and library of aviation books and Air Publications.

The MLA's Museum Accreditation Scheme sets nationally agreed standards for all museums in the UK. Newark Air Museum's award proves that it measures up, meeting the guidelines on how it is run, how it looks after its collections and the services it provides its visitors.

Museum trustee, Howard Heeley commented: “We are delighted to have achieved the new accreditation standard, which reflects the combined efforts of our all volunteers and staff. It has also ensured that our collection and disposal policies meet the latest accepted standards.” He concluded, “We are also thankful for the ongoing support of our MLA East Midlands and our curatorial advisor, Melissa Hall from the Newark Museum.”

Andrew Motion, Chair of MLA, said: “Being awarded Accreditation is an impressive achievement. It recognises the high standard and service that Newark Air Museum provides and acknowledges the hard work of the staff and volunteers.”

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