Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower gains National Quality Standard
24th March 2011
Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower in Gosport, Hants, has just been officially ‘Accredited’ by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA).
The Museum of Naval Firepower is a unique museum of naval warfare created within a group of listed 18th century buildings at the Royal Navy's former armaments depot of Priddy's Hard, centred around the original 1771 powder magazine. The displays trace the development of naval armaments from gunpowder to the modern missile age. There's a fascinating social history too, including the story of how 2,500 women worked on the site during its peak in World War II, and the importance of Priddy's Hard to the local Gosport community, which not only armed the Navy but also fed and watered it.
The MLA’s Museum Accreditation Scheme sets nationally agreed standards for all Museums in the UK. Explosions award proves that it measures up, meeting the guidelines on how it should be run, how it looks after its collections and the services it provides its visitors.
Nick Hewitt, Head of Attractions and Collections at the Museum said: “We are all absolutely thrilled to be awarded accreditation, which recognises the high standard and service that the Museum provides. Our staff and volunteers have worked incredibly hard to reach the required standard, and I am very proud of them all.”