A TRIO of Barnsley museums are celebrating having been awarded by Arts Council England.

Cannon Hall Museum, Worsbrough Mill Museum and the Cooper Gallery have all been awarded full accreditation status.

To achieve this, a museum must demonstrate high standards in looking after the collections, enabling people to view, enjoy and research collections and stories, and effectively managing the museum, working towards a sustainable future.

These three Barnsley museums first achieved the status in 2008 under the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, and applications for the new scheme under Arts Council England were sent in April 2013.

Cllr Roy Miller, cabinet spokesperson for development, environment and culture, said: "This is a fantastic achievement for Barnsley's museums.

"It's a demonstration of the high quality of engagement with the public, museum management and collections care and is a credit to the team."

An application for Experience Barnsley will also be made shortly.