Ireland

Information about the Museums Organisation

The Irish Museums Association is a 32-county voluntary body, founded in 1977 to service the needs of the Irish museums community. The Association aspires to encourage the improvement of museums and galleries and museum practice, so that those working in and visiting museums will enjoy the maximum cultural, social and educational benefits. It also endeavours to enhance the value of museums to the community through leadership, advocacy and service.


Foundation (Year):

1977

Members:

Museums/similar institutions: 150

Individuals: 50


Funding:

Membership Fees. Grant aided by the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport and the Heritage Council.


Have the museums/your institution experienced budget cuts in connection with the financial crisis in the last two years?

In broad terms it can be said that the institutions have experienced cuts in connection with the financial crisis in the last two years.


How do museums cope with the budget cuts?

Through a combination of Cutting in exhibition program, Downsizing staff, Downsizing collection, cutting in collecting- and restoration program, Sharing services with other museums, integrating with other museums, dissolving, Be more entrepreneurial: rent out for private events, size up the café or restaurant facilities.



Number of museums in your country:

Total: Based on Museum Directory July 2010 www.irishmuseums.org

(in % or total number)

Art and Design: 24

History: 129

Natural History: 25

Special: 293 Headings: Transport, Industrial, Religion, Children, Sport, Science and Technology, Literature, Maritime, General

Total number of museums: 471

Professionally run museums:

 


Ownership of Museums:

State:

Municipalities, communities: 

Private (foundations, associations, etc.):

Little change has occurred in the profile of the administrative authorities governing the museums surveyed between 1994 and 2005. Perhaps the most obvious change is the increase in the number of institutions which categorize themselves as other, which has reduced by 18.2%.

Administrative authority

Number

2005

%

1994

%

City authority

11

12

11

County authority

14

15.4

National body

11

13.7

12

Public company

7

7.7

Not available

Voluntary body

18

19.8

23

Independent trust

4

4.4

16

Private company

19

20.9

Not available

[Other]

8

8.8

27

Table 3: Administrative Authority



Other museum organisations:

Professional organizations such as IPCRA and ICHIWAI



Museum magazine:

The IMA publishes two newsletters annually alongside a journal entitled Museum Ireland. The annual journal Museum Ireland is the leading journal for people working in Irish museums, galleries, libraries, archives, historic houses and other cultural heritage venues. It contains a variety of articles, case studies and reviews on topical issues facing the profession by national and international museum experts and professionals.



National Museum legislation and structure:

The Cultural Institutions Act of 1997 is the legislatives act which governs the National Museum of Ireland.

Please see attached file for structure. 

 

Survey Irish Museums Association, 2005

 

(Updated 16 December 2010)