HISTORIC East Riddlesden Hall has been awarded a coveted accolade.

The 17th-century National Trust property has received museum accreditation.

Considered a benchmark for well-run museums and galleries, the 'quality mark' programme is administered by Arts Council England on behalf of the UK Accreditation Partnership.

The scheme ensures museums manage their collections properly and are governed appropriately, and that they're engaging with visitors.

More than 1,700 museums across the UK, from small volunteer-run premises to national venues, are currently part of the scheme.

"We are thrilled to have achieved museum accreditation," says Amy Gregory, collections and house officer at East Riddlesden Hall.

"It’s great to get recognition for the work we do to look after our collections.

"The next step for us is how we can tell the story of East Riddlesden Hall and its collections to all our visitors, with plans to update accessibility and interpretation around the site."

Liz Johnson, director of museums and cultural property at Arts Council England, says: "Accreditation means that East Riddlesden Hall is properly managed and governed to a nationally-agreed industry standard and it shows that the museum takes proper care of its collections, sharing them with visitors and keeping them safe for future generations.

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

"We’re delighted that East Riddlesden Hall has been successful in gaining its accreditation status. This means that its collections will be looked after and maintained offering inspiration, enjoyment and learning for the local community and visitors to enjoy now and in the future."

After years of neglect during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the hall fell into a state of disrepair.

The building was under threat of demolition in the early 1930s but it was saved by brothers William and John Briggs who bought the property and donated it to the National Trust in 1934, on the understanding the premises would be conserved and the land surrounding it used for recreation by the local communities.

A host of activities is taking place at the hall this month, including gardening talks, storytelling in the kitchen chamber, outdoor theatrical productions and traditional 16th-century music, and events continue through the summer.

For further information, go to nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/yorkshire/east-riddlesden-hall.