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Interpreting Museums

A partnership project with the Northern Ireland Museums Council and the Irish Museums Association, funded by the Irish Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

In 2020, the IMA secured funding from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media to support the Interpreting Museums project creatively linking museums in Northern Ireland with Museums in the Republic of Ireland: aimed at keeping digitally connected with our audiences during lockdown. The message we wanted to send was that museums were working behind the scenes to welcome visitors back into their buildings. The GAA museum and the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum were partnered up by the IMA and NIMC and together they created a short film designed to connect with our visitors in a light hearted way during lockdown.

In 2021, as people started to filter back into museums, the GAA Museum secured a second tranche of funding from the CoOperation with Northern Ireland Funding Scheme to work on another project with the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum. This time the aim was to engage new audiences to explore the collections from each site. The project was designed to foster an interest in little known museum objects, to educate visitors about what each site had to offer, to smash stereotypes and challenge preconceptions about the collections we hold. The result is a short film made by Ballywire Media placing cultural objects from each museum collection centre stage. Why would Lisburn Museum preserve silk stockings and a GAA museum a set of boxing gloves?  To find out more please watch our speical collaboration below.