May – August 2020
We are going to take down the railings surrounding the Hunt Museum to create a Museum in the Garden in the heart of Limerick city, but we need your help to raise 15,000 on Fundit.ie….And we’ve got six weeks to do it!
Using scanning and 3D printing technologies, artefacts within the Hunt Museum, “hidden” in collection cases, will be replicated in large form and installed in our newly landscaped garden, for all ages to play with and enjoy. A nationwide competition has given us a new exciting design and community groups will work with professionals in its delivery. As well as being a new and vibrant space in the heart of Limerick, Museum in the Garden will honour our great debt to the heroes and heroines on the frontline of Covid19 and will forever commemorate this era-defining time in Ireland’s history.
Claire Flynn of the Limerick Mental Health Association commented: In this time of enforced social isolation, with many people experiencing loneliness and mental health challenges, we realise more than ever the importance of community and open spaces. As the country re-emerges from quarantine, we want The Hunt Museum in the Garden to become a safe space for everyone.
Birds-eye View of Hunt Museum in the Garden, a 3D render of Winning Design by Nicola Haines, Copyright Nicola Haines
The new garden has been designed by Nicola Haines, winner of our nationwide competition and she will work with volunteers from the Men’s Sheds, Limerick Mental Health Association, Team Limerick Clean-up, local schools, Le Cheile Women’s Group, Enable Ireland and the Limerick Civic Trust. We were also delighted to have some inspired guidance and ideas from the 6th class pupils of Scoil Ide, Corbally, who participated in our competition. This garden will be built by the community to serve the community.
Current view of Hunt Museum Garden, with railings still in place, CC-BY-SA
John Moran, Chair of the Hunt Museum and Liveable Limerick says: Living in the city, I know that the new Museum in the Garden will be an amazing addition to Limerick’s urban landscape. Since I became Chair, it has been my ambition to open up the railed space around the Hunt Museum to the public and I congratulate our Director, Jill Cousins, and her team for making that happen. It is entirely fitting that this space becomes a space for all the community to enjoy at exactly the time when community solidarity is so essential to help our region through the COVID-19 pandemic. Our new garden will be a reminder for future generations of that Limerick solidarity as well as a beautiful space in which to remember the victims of the pandemic and the huge dedication of our Covid19 frontline workers. My Mum, Damien and I are delighted to be able to kick start the fundraising and contribute the first donation towards the cost of the works and really hope that others will find it possible to help too to make this a reality for Limerick.”
Design of Hunt Museum in the Garden by Sixth Class Students from Scoil Ide, 25/02/2020, CC-BY-SA
We are inviting family and friends of healthcare and frontline workers to donate to our FundIt campaign to have their names engraved on a cobble for the garden. Commemorating a loved one with an inscription on a garden box or bench or their own cobble is also possible. Our Fund:It fundraising goal is €15,000, but the more we can gain the quicker the project will become a reality. Extra funds will also allow us to be even more ambitious in what we can deliver.
We hope people will embrace our vision for this community led Museum in the Garden and contribute to The Hunt Museum in a Garden Cobble Crowdfunding on Fundit.ie There are a wide range of rewards for your support. From €5 to €500 everyone can give what they can afford as even a €5 helps to make this new and exciting public garden a reality!
View of The Hunt Museum in a Garden, Summer 2019 during lunchtime Jazz session, CC-BY-SA
To learn more about Fund a Cobble, Create a Museum in a Garden or to show your support please visit: https://fundit.ie/project/fund-a-cobble or https://www.huntmuseum.com/home2-2/museum-in-a-garden/
For Further information:
The Hunt Museum www.huntmuseum.com
The Hunt Museum holds one of Ireland’s greatest private collections of Art and Antiquities from the Neolithic period to the 20th century. Donated by John and Gertrude Hunt to the people of Ireland, this diverse collection is housed in The Custom House, a 18th Century Palladian style building in Limerick. The Hunt Museum is a centre of learning and civic life that preserves and uses its world class collections to support a greater understanding of our past and to deliver new collaborations and innovation. Public engagement is key to our approach with a full education programme and wide community participation in all our work.