Independence Museum Kilmurry are delighted to release a sneak peak for Heritage Week 2021 of our ongoing major digitisation project for which we have received substantial funding from the Heritage Council, for resources, under their Community Heritage Grant Scheme for 2021.
The segment of our extensive collection we have chosen to release for Heritage Week (14 – 22 August 2021) is our signature collection of Irish War of Independence artefacts some of which are an integral part our current museum display but others which would not ordinarily be on public display.
In this project we aim to eventually digitally record our entire substantial archive (initially concentrating on our key collections – War of Independence, Civil War, Terence MacSwiney, etc.,) and thus make it easily accessible to citizens, students, national and international scholars, and historians.
The digital archive will be standardised according to international museum standards as part of the National Museum of Ireland’s aim “to encourage communities across the country to document and digitally safeguard the irreplaceable artefacts of their local heritage.”
While nothing can recreate the unique experience of the physical proximity to history and heritage that an actual visit to a museum offers, the digital aspect allows for the wider presentation, perusal and protection of documents and artefacts that would not otherwise be possible. The digital presentation will also allow a wider and more inclusive audience to browse or indeed search and engage with our archive.
Independence Museum Kilmurry
This project has been funded by The Heritage Council @HeritageHubIRE