Despite its modest size, this museum, run entirely by volunteers, now matches up to the best, and largest museums in the UK. The same assessment process is involved, whatever the size of the establishment.
Tring’s history is narrated in an entertaining and interesting way in this historic building, formerly the office of Tring’s cattle-market. Started as a joint venture with Tring Town Council, the museum was created with the help of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant and opened in September 2010.
Since then the museum society has striven to improve and enhance what we do, and has patiently worked through all areas of activity to ensure that we meet the national standards set for museums by Arts Council England. The award confirms that the collection is managed properly; engagement with visitors is good, and the governance is appropriate.
Chairman Tim Amsden says, "This is a ringing endorsement of our values and everything we have achieved, and shows how far we have come in the eleven years since the museum was founded. One advantage is that we should now be able to borrow items of interest from other museums, who will be assured that we can be entrusted with their objects."