Following her nomination by Joanie McAuliffe, Manager of Tralee Bay Wetlands, Sandra, our intrepid Marketing Officer, bravely took on the challenge on Monday 25th August. As you’ll see, Eoin and Anne took far too much pleasure in pouring a wheelie bin full of iced water over her on the front steps of the Museum. See our Facebook page for the video evidence. View video
At the beginning of 2014 we began a major reassessment of what we want our website to do, and we did this in the context of asking ourselves who is it for. This involved seeing our audience not as a homogenous bunch of “visitors”, differentiated only by demographic variables such as age and nationality. Understanding visitor motivation is a critical issue, and it is clear that for a satisfactory visit either to the Museum or its website we have to support visitors’ motivations and expectations. A searching analysis of our existing audience challenged our thinking on how best we might meet the needs of that audience online. We looked outwards at other websites for inspiration, looking for examples of best practice and examples of what we want to avoid. We looked at these from the perspectives of ease of navigation, how the content was handled, and visual attractiveness. We were highly conscious of the need to make the site easy to navigate and as uncluttered as possible, while at the same time not dumbing down the content.
We came up with a number of key objectives to guide us on the way:
- To showcase the KCM’s collection in a way that is accessible, inspiring, enjoyable and educational, and we want to make sure that this is not just a high-minded platitude
- To be cleanly designed and easy to navigate and that the commitment to accessibility extends to intellectual access
- To reflect the dynamic institution that the Museum has become, engaged with a variety of audiences
- To address the needs of visitors to the Museum and those who can’t or won’t come to the building but who will visit the website
- To acknowledge that it is not just about driving visits to the actual Museum but reflects the fact that the Museum is as much about the collection as it is about the building
We were very lucky to receive funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, under the Scheme to Assist Local and Regional Museums. This enabled us to secure the services of Kerrynet, and we think they have done a great job in providing us with a superbly designed website that reflects the dynamic institution that is KCM.
Come and see some of the dresses worn on stage by the winning Roses at the annual Rose of Tralee Festival. From the maxi-dresses of the 1970s to puffballs of the 1980s and the media-savvy glam of the Celtic Tiger, each era brings its own style. The exhibition features a quote from some of the Roses about the frocks – for instance, Kathryn Feeney, 2006 Rose, recounts how her dress was originally supposed to be her bridesmaid’s gown for her sister’s wedding, until the bride eloped to a tropical island.
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Heritage Week is here again and there’s plenty of action at Kerry County Museum. Discover more about medieval drinking vessels and their rituals. Take part in our excavation workshop and uncover two Viking skeletons. Explore the archaeology of St Brendan the Navigator with archaeologist Lar Dunne.
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For one night only, September 19, we invite you to join us after dark at the Museum. There’s traditional music, dance and storytelling with Sliabh Mish Comhaltas. Get behind the scenes with our Curator’s Choice and discover more about some of the objects not on display. Dress up in costume, dig up a skeleton or simply avail of a free night at the Museum.
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