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Unicorn awarded Accredited Museum Status


Owned and maintained by the Unicorn Preservation Society, HMS Unicorn tells the story of this Dundee landmark, and is a focal point for community events, activities, and volunteering. Unicorn is also a key provider of opportunities for locals to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

The good news was delivered by Museums Galleries Scotland, the national development body that administers the Accreditation Scheme for museums and galleries in the United Kingdom in Scotland on behalf of the UK Accreditation Partnership, which includes Arts Council England, The Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Museums Council. Accreditation is the benchmark for well-run Museums and Galleries.

It means that HMS Unicorn is properly managed and governed to the nationally agreed industry standard and shows the museum takes proper care of its collections, sharing them with visitors and keeping them safe for future generations.

Accreditation opens up exciting funding opportunities, allows museums to host touring exhibitions and gives access to professional advice and support. It also gives confidence to donors and sponsors who may wish to support the museum in preserving heritage and inspiring future generations.

Accreditation covers museums of all types and sizes - from the smallest volunteer-run museums to national museums – and more than 1,700 museums are currently taking part in the scheme across the UK.

 More information about the Accreditation scheme can be found here.

 Matthew Bellhouse Moran, Museum Director at HMS Unicorn said:

"Unicorn has undergone rapid organisational transformation over the last 2 years, and Accreditation status is testament to how far we have come. Accreditation proves our quality museum offer including the high standard of care of our museum collection and our excellent community and volunteering work. I’m very proud of the achievement of our small team toward this major milestone ahead of our 200th anniversary.”

 Lucy Casot, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland said:

“Congratulations to the entire team at HMS Unicorn for achieving Accreditation. This status, which unlocks additional opportunities for support and funding, was awarded in recognition of their hard work to meet the standard across the museum and their work with communities and visitors.”


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