Architecture Kerry 2022 – The Big Dig returns!

Kerry County Museum is delighted to welcome back The School of Irish Archaeology/ The Big Dig as part of Architecture Kerry 2022. Workshops for local primary and secondary schools will take place Thursday 29th & Friday 30th September, while family workshops run on Saturday 1st October. All schools and families participating in The Big Dig can also visit the museum for free as part of the festival. To book please contact the museum at 066 7127777.

Architecture Kerry celebrates Kerry’s architectural heritage. This weekend festival features talks, guided tours and exhibitions to showcase the extraordinary built environment on offer in Kerry and is open to people of all ages. The vision behind Architecture Kerry is to show why good architecture, design and vibrant public spaces are vital to our quality of life. Experience exciting opportunities to visit some hidden gems throughout the County with tours led by architects and owners. Some buildings are open for one weekend only. There is a wide variety of buildings on offer from the science and technology sector, private architect-designed homes, the best in state architecture, passive buildings, Kerry Lighthouses, historic houses, castles, forts and much, much more!

Architecture Kerry is supported by Kerry County Council, the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, the Heritage Council, the OPW, RIAI, IAF, and forms part of the Creative Ireland Kerry programme. It is facilitated by the owners and custodians of Kerry’s built environment.

View the full event programme here: Architecture Kerry 2022

By |September 28th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized||

Inclusion – Exploring home and homelessness

An exhibition by children and young people under 12 years) experiencing homelessness. In exploring the central theme of ‘home and ‘homelessness’, we sought to hear their voices, their opinions and hear about their need to feel at home. The young people are unified by a central experience; the desire to have a home.

The word ‘home’ can mean different things to our children. Exploring how a heart experiences ‘home’ saw the emergence of many ideas. Is ‘home’ a physical place, a place in our minds, or is it the people in our lives who make us feel at home? With resilience challenged and with much exclusion, those who have, must work for those who have not. Inclusion is a small step to start.

The depth and breath of this project went far beyond the exhibition you see before you. The aim was that, in working together, we would all feel included. The group began their creative engagement in the midst of Covid-19, where art packs were delivered to the children during a very isolating time in their lives. When they were all finally able to come together, the children had a sense of a shared experience that in turn added to the excitement of now working together face to face.

Experimenting with materials and exploring scale, both in creative output and conversation, was led by the group. Their enthusiasm to create and their confidence in each other increased. It became a mutual and energetic partnership that fizzled with possibilities. What you see before you are just some of the results. We hope you enjoy.

With thanks to NOVAS, the homeless charity and artist Jeannine Storan, who facilitated the project under the expert guidance of Ronan Doherty, Annette Murphy and Lisa Donohue from NOVAS. Congratulations to all the children and young people involved. We are so proud of you.

INCLUSION is kindly hosted by Kerry County Museum under the Kerry Local Creative Youth Partnership (LCYP) at Kerry ETB. The LCYP works with early years, children, young people and young adults. We work where opportunities to develop creativity can be most challanged. For more information email Deirdre Enright: @kerrylcyp

By |September 28th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized||

Friday 23 September is Culture Night 2022

Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir is a national celebration of culture, creativity and the arts, delivered nationwide in cities, towns, villages and rural locations. Doors are opened late and special and unique events are specifically programmed at participating locations free of charge. At Kerry County Museum, we are also using this wonderful evening to mark our 30th anniversary – and we would love for you to celebrate with us.

Our Culture Night event programme sees the return of the popular medieval living history group Tralee Medieval Society who will demonstrate what life was like in Medieval Tralee 500 years ago. Museum curator Helen O’Carroll will give a talk about the Ashe Memorial Hall at 7.15pm followed by a guided tour of the building. You might want to view the Rose dresses on display in the Gowns of Glory exhibition before they go into storage again until next summer or simply take the opportunity to chat with us about the different projects we are working on.

We are also delighted to mark Culture Night and our 30th anniversary by launching and highlighting a number of creative community projects: From creative music videos to young people’s powerful reflections on home and homelessness to oral history and heritage projects going on in our local community right now – we would love to share all this with you on Culture Night.

By |September 20th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized||

Winter Opening Hours Tue – Sat 9.30am to 5pm

We are now back to our winter opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday 9.30am until 5pm (last admission is at 4pm). We recommend a minimum of one hour to see our permanent and special exhibitions. Please call us at 0667127777 if you have any queries about visiting Kerry County Museum. Why not have a look at our virtual tour of the Museum what your visit entails?

By |September 6th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized||

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