Home for Christmas? You must visit the Medieval Mile Museum in Kilkenny

Brian Keyes

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Brian Keyes

Some members of the craft workshop team pictured in front of the new installation at the Medieval Mile Museum

Some members of the craft workshop team pictured in front of the new installation at the Medieval Mile Museum

The Medieval Mile Museum has gone from strength to strength in 2018, having welcomed tens of thousands of visitors through its doors.
They have had the opportunity to share Kilkenny’s stories with people from all over the world. They have hosted evening events and weddings giving local and international visitors the chance to experience this amazing building and its treasures. Perhaps most gratifying has been the huge increase in younger visitors this year, thanks to the exclusive LEGO® Minifigure Hunt.
Characters from the middle ages have been joined by wizards and witches from Hogwarts and even Jedi Knights from the Star Wars universe. The LEGO® Hunt has given families hours of fun in the museum and will continue to run into the New Year.
If you are lucky enough to be welcoming family and friends home for Christmas, you simply must bring them to experience the museum. They will be open to visitors between 11am and 4.30pm from December 27 to 30 and again on January 2.
The guided tours are legendary and places are limited, so avoid disappointment and book ahead through the website www.medievalmile
museum.ie.
New Art
This week saw the installation of a new art piece in the stunning east window of the Medieval Mile Museum.
The piece is the result of a series of evening art workshops that took place in the museum throughout November, supported by Kilkenny Carlow ETB and facilitated by artist Paul Bokslag.


The paper cutting workshops involved participants painstakingly cutting abstract shapes from paper rolls, inspired by blackletter – a type of script used throughout Europe in the medieval period.
This script appears in the civic documents on display in the Kilkenny Room, such as the 14th century royal charter and the Liber Primus Kilkenniensis.
Monuments
The script is also visible on many of the limestone funeral monuments found throughout the museum and graveyard.
The result of the workshops has been combined with pieces completed by the Open Circle Community Arts Collective that were originally on display in the Goods Shed at MacDonagh Junction in 2017. The installation will be in place throughout the Christmas period and into the new year.
The exhibition organisers would like to extend a special thanks to the following people who gave their time and creativity to create these pieces.
Ita Bourke, Sophie Butler, Cate Cassin, Carmen Del Poza, Helen Dobson, Aoife Doherty, Fidealis Doherty, Polly Donnellan, Catherine Duff, Fiona Eastwood, Grace Fegan, Anne Marie Fitzgerald, Claire Fitzpatrick, Ann Marie Gray, Claire Griffin, Aileen Kavanagh, Enya Kennedy, Dominika Mlynarska, Lorraine Murphy, Sandra Murphy, Brenda Murtagh, Alice Norwood, Alison O’Flynn, Lissolotte Olfson, Siobhán Puller, Simone Quinn, Ciara B Stapleton, Fiona Wallace, Zoe Young.