A VISION FOR A NEW MONAGHAN MUSEUM

17 April 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

PETER HUGHES

A vision for a new Co Museum development in a Monaghan Town location that would have a thematic focus on the cultural, historical and archaeological dimensions of the Border region was presented to Monaghan Co Council on Monday by Curator Liam Bradley.

Councillors gave approval for a study on the project to proceed with the objective of preparing an application for submission for funding to the new PEACE IV programme which comes on stream later this year.

Some members were anxious that consideration be given to locations outside Monaghan Town for the development but preliminary study has come down in favour of a county capital location, with potential sites in Carrickmacross, Castleblayney and Clones regarded as being of insufficient size.

Mr Bradley in his presentation to the meeting emphasised the very limited display space available to the Museum at its current location at The Hill in Monaghan Town.

“Only a small amount of our collection can be put on display and the bulk of it has to be kept in storage,” he explained.
“Outside of Dublin it is considered one of the best collections in the country, but the bulk of it can’t be viewed.”
He said there were also accessibility issues at the Museum’s current location, a former local authority office facility that was constructed around 1860.

Mr Bradley pointed out that visitor numbers at the Museum had risen from 13,329 to 18,127 from 2010 to 2014.
He detailed the potential for obtaining funding from PEACE IV’s Shared Spaces a …

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