Loans Forum for the Irish Museum Sector

04 March 2015

National Gallery of Ireland, Clare Street Entrance, Dublin 2

Kerry County Museum will participate in this forum which has been organised by the Heritage Council, under the auspices of the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland, with the support of the National Gallery of Ireland. The forum is an opportunity to discuss the facilitation of loans between Irish National Cultural Institutions and the Irish museum sector. It originates from a suggestion from the National Gallery of Ireland that it might be useful to organise a day where the sector could come together to discuss this topic.

Elaine Sansom, MSPI Assessor and museum consultant, will speak on how participation in the Museum Standards Programme has improved collections management standards in Ireland.  She will also present findings on two reports commissioned by the UK’s Museums Association on the attitudes and barriers to lending in the UK.  It is also anticipated that a representative from the Dept of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will speak about its Collections Mobility Grants Scheme.

The rest of the programme will include a series of short presentations from the museum sector and National Cultural Institutions culminating in a lengthy roundtable discussion chaired by Pat Cooke, Director of the MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management, UCD.  The aim of the day is to increase understanding and agree points towards improving the mobility of collections in Ireland.

By |February 23rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Irish Museums Association Conference

2015 Annual Conference – Museums in Society: Navigating Public Policy

Friday 27 February – Sunday 1 March 2015

Ulster Museum, National Museums Northern Ireland, Belfast 

The IMA organises a themed Annual Conference in spring each year, offering an opportunity for members of the Irish museums community to meet, network and discuss issues of relevance for the Irish museum sector.

The Annual Conference will examine how museums respond to, and negotiate, policy directions. It will focus in particular on museums’ role in relation to social inclusion, education, economic regeneration, and tourism agendas.

Invited speakers and conference participants will share their experiences and expertise on the interdependent relationship between government bodies and museums: the ‘mirror and lamp’ effect whereby public policies both reflect and guide the functions and missions of the museum and vice versa. The conference will examine how museums can better position themselves to reflect changes within society and in government policies, while at the same time performing their historical roles of custodianship, presentation and scholarship. How should museums approach the difficult task of fulfilling these multiple, and sometimes competing, functions?

By |February 23rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Christmas Arrangements

Kerry County Museum will close on  Friday 19 December 2014 and will re-open to the public on Tuesday 6 January 2015.

We wish all our visitors a Happy Christmas and hope to see you all in the New Year.

By |December 19th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Our Magical Christmas Wonderland

Calling all schoolchildren between ages 5 and 12. It’s that Jingle Bell time of year again!

With Christmas fast approaching, there’s no better way to get in the festive spirit than with a visit to our magical Christmas Wonderland!

Make some colourful decorations for your Christmas tree!

Find all the hidden puzzle pieces in the Museum Gallery and put them together to solve the puzzles!

Make Christmas memories that will last a lifetime at Kerry County Museum.

 

Christmas1 DSCF6603

 

This offer is open to schools and must be booked in advance.

Bookings can be made by calling 087 – 9021580

There are three time slots each day:

9.30am, 11.00am and 12.30pm.

Cost: Only €1 per pupil! – Teachers go free.

By |November 17th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

The Haunted Hall at Kerry County Museum

hauntedhall

Will you dare walk our Haunted Hall
Where creatures lurk both great and small
This is not the stuff of dreams
A wrong turn can end in screams

This scary trip will leave you shaking

Then for trick or treat you’ll get creating
A masterpiece you can take away
If you survive for another day…

If you’re feeling brave, take aim!
Turn your hand to a Gruesome Game
Some are slimy, wet and sticky
Others cleaner but just as tricky

October 25 – October 30

Haunted Hall 10.00am – 5.00pm Daily
(scariest times to visit 12 noon – 4.00pm)
Make Your Own Trick or Treat Bag 10.00am –5.00pm Daily

October 31

Haunted Hall 10.00am – 7.00pm
(scariest times to visit 2.00pm – 7.00pm)
Make Your Own Trick or Treat Bag 10.00am – 6.30pm
Gruesome Games 2.00pm – 7.00pm

By |October 15th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Kerry Teams Homecoming

Over 20,000 supporters gathered in front of the museum on Denny Street on Monday night, 22nd September to welcome home the victorious Kerry minor and senior All-Ireland winning teams. Young and old alike assembled to catch a glimpse of their heroes and the coveted Sam Maguire and Tom Markham cups. It was the first time since 2009 that the senior team had won an All-Ireland title and over 20 years since the double had been achieved!

Here are some photos from the night:

By |September 24th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Culture Night – A huge success

On Friday 19th September we had one of our most successful Culture Nights. With over 320 people streaming through our doors, young and old were treated to some wonderful traditional Irish music by the Sliabh Mish Comhaltas Group. All our galleries were open on the night and the Bone Investigators proved as popular as ever with our young visitors. The talented ladies from Ciar Quilters were on hand to showcase some of their fine craft and Helen O’Carroll and Sarah O’Farrell gave a wonderful insight into the behind the scenes workings of our museum with fantastic guided tours.

Here are just some of the photos from the night.

DSCF0318 DSCF0323

 

Culture Night 2014 DSCF0333

 

DSCF0338 DSCF0343

By |September 22nd, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Culture Night 2014

CULTURE_NIGHT_LOGO_SMALL

Culture Night comes to Kerry this Friday 19th September. From 6pm – 10pm, this is your chance to experience the Museum after dark. Stroll down a medieval street, dig up the past and explore 8000 years of history. Highlights include traditional music by Sliabh Mish Comhaltas and Quilting Forever, and exhibition by the Ciar Quilters. We are all looking forward to welcoming you to Kerry County Museum . . . after dark.

By |September 17th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

KCM’s Ice Bucket Challenge

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

By |August 28th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

KCM’S new website is launched

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.

By |July 17th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Pin It on Pinterest